The Inland Coalition was established in March 2007 to convene the health careers stakeholders in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and the Pomona Valley. Our goal is to achieve a health workforce that is diverse and community-responsive. We work collectively to identify and facilitate solutions to the educational, social and environmental barriers to create a seamless health pipeline for students. We support coalition members though information dissemination, training/technical assistance, research and evaluations, policy development, advocacy, and coalition-building.

The Inland Coalition is dedicated to diversity and education in the health professions. More recently, we hosted a Health Careers Conference for High School Students at California State University, San Bernardino on May 4th, 2012. This event was a huge success with over 350 students attending from schools all over the Inland Empire. The students learned about all the different types of health careers, ranging from nursing, bioengineering, dentistry, emergency medicine, public health, clinical informatics and pharmacy, to name a few. The purpose of this conference was to expose youth to the vast array of careers they can enter into the medical field besides the typical nurse and doctor. Several of the students said they never heard of public health, let alone that it was in the health field. Also, students learned about the ladder you can take with some careers to grow in that field. For example being an EMT and working your way up to becoming a Paramedic or being a Medical Assistant, advancing to Register Nursing and then possibly becoming a Physician Assistant. We also had various vendors set up at the conference so the students could get support materials from the agencies that we invited. For example, one of our presenters were from UCR, so they brought out material for the students to look over about the admissions process or the finical aspect of college. Overall, the conference was a lot of fun for the students and very informative. They all took away something meaningful from the conference.