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Erin Kelly
UPMC Health Plan

UPMC Health Plan Expands Job Training, Education, and Opportunities

The Pathways to Work program builds on existing programs and initiatives to break down barriers to employment and better reach underserved populations.

Pittsburgh (July 15, 2020) – UPMC Health Plan today announced a new initiative—Pathways to Work—that aims to increase access to employment through training, education, and dedicated support from UPMC staff. This program is administered through the UPMC Center for Social Impact, and it aggregates UPMC Health Plan’s existing workforce development and employment efforts, creates and scales new partnerships and programs, and connects individuals to employment opportunities at UPMC and other Pennsylvania employers.

The Pathways to Work program has four pillars of engagement:

Pathways to Work will make a concerted effort to engage members covered by UPMC for You—UPMC Health Plan’s Medicaid plan—as well as individuals in the community who are unemployed or underemployed and those with an intellectual, physical, or behavioral disability who are looking for employment and no-cost job training programs.

“This program will help our members find employment, create opportunities for career development in underserved communities, and fill critical positions within the UPMC system. It really can make a positive impact on a lot of people,” said Sharon Czyzewski, vice president of human resources at UPMC Health Plan. “As the largest Medicaid provider in Pennsylvania and the largest non-governmental employer in the state, UPMC has a unique opportunity to engage our members and communities around employment challenges; continue to increase the diversity within the UPMC workforce; and most importantly, provide individuals the opportunity for a lifelong career with great benefits and professional development.”

This program has taken on a new urgency because of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, more than 2 million Pennsylvanians have filed initial jobless claims since the pandemic began in March. To meet the increased need for employment services, human resource professionals are available to support UPMC Health Plan members who have lost their jobs and are seeking new career opportunities. Members can contact a talent acquisition specialist who can connect them with resources and opportunities through UPMC Health Plan customer service, or they can email pathwaystowork@upmc.edu  and receive a response within two days.

“We know that having a stable job leads to better overall health for many individuals,” said John Lovelace, president of UPMC for You at UPMC Insurance Services Division and president of government programs at UPMC Health Plan. “Through this program, we will connect the mission, vision, and values of UPMC with the hiring needs of UPMC and other employers across the state to help train a committed workforce that will fill high-need, well-paying, and sustainable jobs.”


About UPMC Insurance Services

UPMC Insurance Services is owned and operated by UPMC, a world-renowned health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, Pa. UPMC Insurance Services—which includes UPMC Health Plan, Workpartners, UPMC for Life, UPMC for You, UPMC for Kids, and Community Care Behavioral Health—offers a full range of health insurance and benefit management services including Medicare, Special Needs, Children’s Health Insurance, Medical Assistance, Behavioral Health, Employee Assistance and Workers' Compensation products and services to over 3.9 million members. For more information, visit www.upmchealthplan.com.