For Domonique Vetaw (pictured right) and Jahanna Robinson (pictured left), helping others was their primary reason for becoming EMS Dispatchers (EMD) at Hennepin Healthcare. Both women have a long history with Hennepin: both were treated here as children, and Jahanna delivered her three children at HCMC. Domonique grew up near the downtown campus and saw the hospital everyday growing up; as a child, she knew she wanted to work in this building, but wasn’t sure what she wanted to do.
In 2016, both women learned of the EMS Pathways Academy, a program offered by the city of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Fire Department and Hennepin Healthcare. This program is an 11-13 week college-level course that trains Minneapolis residents from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), providing free training and EMT certification to young adults. The goal of the program is to provide a source of candidates for the fire service and Hennepin EMS (Emergency Medical Services) workforce from within the community we serve. (more…)