Seventy million Americans have a criminal record. That’s one in three American adults.
UConn Health helps build equity and economic status for formerly incarcerated people by joining the NAACP CT One Million Jobs Campaign. As part of this campaign, UConn Health is committed to working toward the goal of hiring people who have contact with the criminal justice system to fill 5% of entry-level vacancies over the next three years. .
“I am so proud of UConn Health, CT NAACP and our state for working together through the One Million Jobs to help all of our citizens who might need a helping hand and a second chance,” shared the Dr. Bruce T. Liang, Acting CEO of UConn Health.
“It’s time to have a fair chance. We are working with the CT NAACP to remove barriers for these in-state residents so they can gain equitable access to employment, training, and other basic job skills right here at UConn Health,” says UConn University Professor Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, who helped connect the NAACP CT to UConn Health to drive this initiative forward.
Together, the state’s only public academic medical center and the CT NAACP are building a larger pipeline and pathway for formerly incarcerated or those with criminal records to access job training to prepare them for job opportunities. at UConn Health. Additionally, hiring formerly incarcerated has the potential to provide an additional benefit of $7.5 million in economic impact for the state.
“We are partnering with great workplaces like UConn Health to work on more than 10,000 positions for formerly incarcerated people in the state of Connecticut over the next 3-5 years,” says Scot X. Esdaile , Chairman of the NAACP TC. “The NAACP CT appreciates our partnership with UConn Health and we look forward to working together to achieve the One Million Jobs Campaign goal for Connecticut’s formerly incarcerated.”
“Public service is at the heart of UConn Health’s mission,” said Lakeesha Brown, UConn Health vice president of human resources. “We are here to serve all Connecticut citizens in a meaningful way. Whether it’s for your health care needs or your employment needs, UConn has you covered. All Connecticut residents should have job opportunities.
UConn Health will facilitate the CT NAACP’s One Million Jobs campaign by providing individuals with criminal records with open job descriptions for entry-level positions, skills coaching, job interview preparation assistance, on-the-job training and internship opportunities. Additionally, UConn Health is improving training for its HR staff.