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FORT DRUM — The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization invites north country residents to explore health care careers during a fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Army Community Service, Conway Road.

About 22 vendors, including employers, educators and resource/referral agencies, will be on hand to talk to attendees about joining the health care field or expanding their role in one.

“Health care is a recession-resistant job,” said Tracy L. Leonard, regional recruitment project manager for the health planning organization. “We have a health professional shortage area, so we need more providers. We also have some transitional soldiers, or maybe they’re moving elsewhere and health care is worldwide.”

While many people think health care is just about doctors and nurses, Ms. Leonard said, fair attendees will realize opportunities go far beyond those jobs. Booths will be set up with information, and seminars about the following topics will be offered: getting hired in health care, nursing, behavioral health, allied health fields, health information technology and non-clinical careers in health care.

Although health information technology is a non-clinical career, Ms. Leonard said, it’s such a rapid-rising field that it required its own seminar. The planning organization helped bring the health information technology certificate training program to Jefferson Community College.

The fair has no admission charge and is open to the public. Ms. Leonard said the planning organization hopes to attract high school students for both job shadow and potential education opportunities, health care professionals and non-health care professionals in order to target all demographics.

Through event partners, including Army Career Service, Army Career and Alumni Program and SUNY North Country Consortium, the planning organization hopes to bring change to the Fort Drum region, Ms. Leonard said.

“Our goal is to really analyze the system, identify gaps and leverage resources,” she said. “We’re here to really build a strong north country health care system.”

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