For Here, from Here –
Healthcare Workforce Diversity in Wyandotte County 
Why diversity in healthcare matters and what we can do about it

CHIP Pipeline and Post-Secondary Committee Webinar and Release of the Guide to Healthcare Careers for Wyandotte County Youth

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

3:30 – 4:30 PM


  • Jerrihlyn L. McGee, DNP, RN, CNE, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at University of Kansas Medical Center.
  • Randy Lopez, School Board President for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and Vice President of Community Programs for the Wyandotte Health Foundation.
  • Joe Reardon, Member of the Governor’s Council on Education and President/CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
  • Reginald Fears, MD, Resident Physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Moderator:  Karole Bradford, CEO of Kansas City Medical Society Foundation

Presenting the Career Guide: Laura Loyacono, Director of Community and Education Engagement, Kansas State University


The new Guide to Healthcare Careers for Wyandotte County Youth provides descriptions of 21 potential healthcare careers for Wyandotte County youth, ranging from medical records technician to primary care physician. The listings include the length of training required, local educational programs, expected job local openings and more. All careers listed in the guide will pay at least a living wage of $33,000 per year.


The Wyandotte County Education-to-Employment Pipeline was formed in late 2018 as a strategy of the Wyandotte County 2018-2022 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The goal of the Pipeline is to increase the number of black, brown and bilingual youth pursuing careers in healthcare. The Pipeline today is a coalition of nearly 40 healthcare providers, government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, universities, community colleges and high schools serving Wyandotte County. The Kansas City Medical Society Foundation is the lead agency.