Background

Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland

The Latino Health Initiative (Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services) launched in 2006 The Foreign-Trained Health Professionals Program to facilitate the Maryland health professions licensure process.  In 2010, this program became the “Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland,” one of several centers comprising the national “Welcome Back Initiative” network.

Many highly educated and experienced immigrants residing in Maryland with education degrees and certifications in health professions conferred by other countries are currently under-employed and not utilizing their valuable skills in the health field. The Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland supports the notion that greater workforce diversity may lead to improved health outcomes through better access to care by underserved populations and more effective patient/healthcare provider interactions.

The Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland serves any internationally trained health professional currently living in Maryland, with a focus on Montgomery, Prince Georges, and Frederick Counties.

Overall functions

The Welcome Back Center model accomplishes its goals by providing:

  • Guidance and support, including individualized case management.
  • Academic training, including English as a Second Language instruction and board exam preparation.
  • On-the-job practical exposure to the U.S. healthcare system and mentoring at Maryland hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
  • Pre-employment services for health-related jobs, career development support, and job readiness training.
  • Leadership development for culturally competent transformative leaders.

Who is involved with the Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland?

The Welcome Back Center partners and supporters are responsible for specific activities according to their area of expertise. Together, an effective working synergy is created that would not otherwise be possible.

Learn more about the Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland?

For more information about the Welcome back Center, please contact us