To Fill Medical Jobs, Richmond Looks to Poorest Communities

November 16, 2016. Next City.

In Richmond, Virginia, hospitals are facing a shortage of entry-level workers that medical training programs are unable to assign. An estimated 500 entry-level medical jobs go unfilled across the region every year, as medical programs at schools like J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College report that 881 students dropped out of its ranks in the fall of 2015.

So this year, organizers with Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities (RISC) decided to do something about it. They’re rolling out a new six-partner job pipeline network with Richmond-area hospital systems like Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Virginia Health System and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System to get a larger chunk of the city’s 28,000 unemployed workers into one of the state’s growth industries.

Interfaith group launches actions to help Linden, Hilltop neighborhoods

May 8, 2016. The Columbus Dispatch.

As a Jewish woman, Cathy Levine takes to heart the concept of tikkun olam — repair of the world.

One of her efforts to put that concept into action is her work with the Building Responsibility, Equality And Dignity interfaith group, commonly known as BREAD.

RISC community group meets to address education issues, joblessness

May 2, 2016. Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Monday evening, the majority of the seats in lower level of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church sanctuary were full at the Great Nehemiah Action Assembly, which was set on tackling education issues in Henrico County and joblessness in the region.