Military spouses have new resource in ­‘Military to Medicine’

| November 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Votes are needed to get nonprofit training resource to finals of Pepsi Refresh Challenge

Brister Thomas
Contributing Writer

Rebecca Williams, an Army spouse at Schofield Barracks, works on the medical terminology online training course from “Military to Medicine.” The sticky notes on the wall in front of her help her learn this new language. Williams began the medical records and health information assistant course in November. (Lisa Klein | Military to Medicine)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Military spouses looking for jobs in health care have a new resource in the nonprofit “Military to Medicine” program that assists experienced health care workers with finding positions, as well as providing online health care training to spouses who are interested in starting their careers.

Rebecca Williams, an Army spouse at Schofield Barracks, learned about the program from her command’s ombudsman.

“When I heard about Military to Medicine, I was looking at a different online program for the same career training,” she said. “I called to compare programs and prices, and found Military to Medicine’s program was seven months shorter, and they offered me a scholarship.”

Williams, a mother of two, is working toward a medical records and health information assistant position.

“Learning medical terminology is like learning another language,” she said. “The program makes you work hard, but throughout the course, I could tell I was learning it.”

Daniel Nichols, a Navy chaplain, started Military to Medicine while he was stationed in Kuwait, after a conversation with a young Marine who was terrified to return home without a job or a means to support his family. Nichols, who is now the executive director of Military to Medicine and a Navy Reserve chaplain, recognized a need to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves.

“Military to Medicine is not a business; it is a mission that makes good business sense,” Nichols said. “We have a powerful opportunity before us. The vast majority of the world does not have the health care it needs to face the challenges of today, let alone those of tomorrow.

“Military to Medicine provides the answer for two problems facing communities,” he said. “The health care industry is facing a shortage of quality workers at all levels and … our military families are full of quality people with strong work ethic and experiences, and they need jobs.”

The program serves military spouses, wounded warriors and their caregivers, veterans and National Guard, Reserve and transitioning service members. Those with health care work experience are connected with hiring managers through Military to Medicine’s national career network. Those starting a new health care career are connected to online training.

“Scholarships are available for Military to Medicine’s training program on a case-by-case basis,” said Lisa Klein, assistant director of marketing for the program, and a Navy spouse stationed in Hawaii. “Funding for these scholarships is provided by philanthropic organizations … in recognition of our innovative program helping military families.”

Military to Medicine is currently competing for a $250,000 grant in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. The grant would provide 400 scholarships to Military to Medicine’s online training program.

“The top two organizations with the most votes at midnight, Nov. 30, will each win $250,000,” she said. “We need our military community and all their friends and families to vote for us daily, throughout November, to give us a chance at winning.

“Taking two minutes a day to vote is an easy way to support our fellow military families and help spouses find the work they are looking for and need,” she added.

On the Web: To learn more about Military to Medicine, visit www.militarytomedicine.org.
To vote, visit www.refresheverything.com or text Pepsi (73774) with the message 103247.

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