AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole, ways that help people 50 and over improve their lives. Since 1958, AARP has been leading a revolution in the way people view and live life.
Their work reaches deep into members’ communities through support from staffed offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. AARP believes strongly in the principles of collective purpose, collective voice and the collective power of the 50 and over population to change the market based on their needs. These principals guide their efforts.
Each day, American Express makes it easier, safer and more rewarding for consumers and businesses to purchase the things they need and for merchants to sell their goods and services. An engine of commerce, American Express provides innovative payment, travel and expense management solutions for individuals and businesses of all sizes. Most of all, they help their customers realize their dreams and aspirations through industry-leading benefits, access to unique experiences, business-building insights, and global customer care. They enable their customers to do more and achieve more.
Association for Nursing Professional Development
The Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) advances the specialty practice of staff development for the enhancement of healthcare outcomes. Staff development as a specialty of nursing practice is defined by standards, based on research, and critical to quality patient and organizational outcomes.
ANPD is committed to providing research and resources that enhance our practice locally, in each of their organizations. As they integrate staff development best practice in achieving their organizations’ goals they truly enhance healthcare outcomes. As they focus on priorities, they enhance collaboration and provide valuable expertise in their organizations. They are providing hope.
AT&T is bringing it all together for their customers, from revolutionary smartphones to next-generation TV services and sophisticated solutions for multi-national business.
For more than a century, they have consistently provided innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services and excellent customer care. Today, their mission is to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else. They’re fulfilling this vision by creating new solutions for consumers and businesses by driving innovation in the communications and entertainment industry.
They’re recognized as one of the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to businesses. They also have the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network and the largest international coverage of any U.S. wireless carrier, offering the most phones that work in the most countries; the largest Wi-Fi network in the United States based on branded and operated hotspots.
AT&T U-Verse is TV like you’ve never seen before. It’s TV the way you want it, with tons of cool features and capabilities. AT&T is the only national U.S. TV service provider to offer a 100-percent IP-based television service. It’s part of their “three-screen” integration strategy to deliver services across the three screens people rely on most — the mobile device, the PC and the TV.
As they continue to break new ground and deliver new solutions, they are focused on delivering the high-quality customer service that is their heritage.
Cedars-Sinai is known for providing the highest quality patient care that modern medicine has to offer. Their dedication to excellence, compassion and innovation is rooted in the Judaic tradition and its devotion to the art and science of healing, which informs every aspect of their four-fold mission:
- Leadership and excellence in delivering quality healthcare services
- Expanding the horizons of medical knowledge through biomedical research
- Educating and training physicians and other healthcare professionals
- Striving to improve the health status of our community
They live this mission every day through the contributions of more than 2,000 physicians in every clinical specialty, 10,000 employees, 2,000 volunteers and 15,000 fundraising support group members. Together they provide world-class medicine to their patients, their community, and patients from across the United States and around the world.
Physicians and scientists at Cedars-Sinai are engaged in basic and clinical research to bring medical advancements directly from the laboratory to the bedside. As the largest academic medical center in the western United States, they’re also training the next generation of physicians, researchers and allied health professionals, with more than 350 residents and fellows participating in over 60 graduate medical education programs.
A commitment to meeting the community’s health needs has been a defining quality of Cedars-Sinai since the beginning – from the opening of the 12-bed Kaspare Cohn Hospital in Angeleno Heights in 1902 to what is now a world-renowned, 1,000-bed nonprofit academic medical center. Cedars-Sinai’s Community Benefit contribution, which totaled $600.6 million in FY11, supports a broad spectrum of initiatives to give those in greatest need access to health information, screenings and care.
CenturyLink (formally Qwest) is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice and wireless services to consumers and businesses across the country and advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink Prism TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to business, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink also is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms, and is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises through Savvis, a CenturyLink company. CenturyLink’s customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country’s largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations.
CenturyLink is committed to strengthening and improving the communities it serves, not only through its products and services, but through philanthropic support of local community agencies, events and initiatives. They focus their philanthropic and volunteer efforts on K-12 education and programs that support youth; technology-focused initiatives; and locally-driven efforts that strengthen communities and make them better places to live.
Their employees share this commitment and are active volunteers in both individual and company-led efforts. Over 50,000 strong, their Pioneers are a volunteer group of current and former employees who are passionate about enriching and strengthening the diverse communities they serve. In our communities across the country, you’ll find CenturyLink employees coaching little league teams, serving on non-profit boards, assisting with community cleanup days and much more.
Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) is dedicated to delivering high-quality, affordable health care services in a compassionate environment that meets each patient’s physical, mental and spiritual needs. Upholding the core values of dignity, justice, stewardship, collaboration, and excellence, their healing philosophy serves not just their patients, but their staff, our communities, and our planet.
At Dignity Health a family of more than 60,000 caregivers and staff are delivering excellent care to diverse communities across Arizona, California and Nevada. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in San Francisco Dignity Health is the fifth largest hospital provider in the nation and the largest hospital system in California.
Through teamwork and innovation, faith and compassion, advocacy and action, they endeavor every day to keep you happy, healthy, and whole.
Hospital Corporation of America
At its founding in 1968, Nashville-based HCA was one of the nation’s first hospital companies. Today, they are the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services, a company comprised of locally managed facilities that includes about 163 hospitals and 109 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England and employing approximately 199,000 people. Approximately four to five percent of all inpatient care delivered in the country today is provided by HCA facilities. Richard M. Bracken serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HCA, and R. Milton Johnson is the company’s President and Chief Financial Officer.
HCA is committed to the care and improvement of human life and strives to deliver high quality, cost effective healthcare in the communities they serve. Building on the foundation provided by their Mission & Values, HCA puts patients first and works to constantly improve the care they give them by implementing measures that support their caregivers, help ensure patient safety and provide the highest possible quality. Investing in their communities is important to them. HCA typically invests about $1.5 billion annually to keep their facilities modern and up-to-date technologically and to expand and add services where needed. Focusing primarily on communities where the company is a leading healthcare provider, HCA selectively adds new facilities in order to better serve their communities.
And because two HCA founders were physicians, they value highly the strong relationships they’ve created with local physicians. They endeavor to provide them with a wide array of services and modern facilities in order to help them deliver the best possible care.
Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the nation’s largest state-wide community college with single accreditation. It is Indiana’s largest public post-secondary institution serving nearly 200,000 students a year.
Ivy Tech Community College prepares Indiana residents to learn, live, and work in a diverse and globally competitive environment by delivering professional, technical, transfer, and lifelong education. Through its affordable, open-access education and training programs, the College enhances the development of Indiana’s citizens and communities and strengthens its economy.
Students find personal attention close to home at Ivy Tech Community College. The average class size is only about 22 students, but they also offer the benefits of a large institution in terms of accessibility. You can earn a degree at one of the 30 degree granting locations throughout the state, and take classes in more than 75 communities. No matter where you live, or where you’re headed, Ivy Tech Community College can help prepare you for tomorrow’s opportunities.
Ivy Tech is the state’s most affordable college. Students can earn a degree for around $3,000 a year. And with credits that transfer, students can save money by completing the first two years of a four-year degree at Ivy Tech.
Ivy Tech’s Corporate College offers local, affordable solutions for Indiana business and industry training needs.
As a health care organization in the 21st century, Kaiser Permanente has a mission—to provide quality care for their members and their families, and to contribute to the well-being of our communities.
Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to improving the health of people living and working in the communities they serve. In 2007, they invested more than $1 billion to ensure access to health care and promote healthier lives.
To accomplish their goals, they pay for medical coverage for the uninsured, fund local community health centers, and train doctors and nurses. They also promote wellness by sponsoring programs in local communities that focus on prevention, healthy eating, exercise, and environmental improvement. In addition, they share their research and experience because knowledge is powerful, and everyone should benefit from the latest advances in medicine.
The National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) is an organization of
- Community colleges;
- Administrators, faculty, staff, and students involved in teacher education programs;
- Universities with teacher education programs; and
- Industry partners and professional associations that work as partners with community college teacher education programs.
NACCTEP serves as a voice for community colleges in national discussions about teach education; supports institutions and individual members by enhancing current community college teacher education programs and serving as a resource for those looking to develop new programs; and facilitates connections between community college teacher education programs and faculty. Their mission is to promote the community college role in the recruitment, preparation, retention, and renewal of diverse early childhood and K-12 teachers and to advance quality teacher education programs in the community college.
To address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, Community Health Centers serve 20 million people at more than 8,000 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Health centers depend in large part on public financial help and need a unified voice and common source for research, information, training and advocacy.
To address these needs, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) organized in 1971. NACHC works with a network of state health centers and primary care organizations to serve health centers in a variety of ways:
- Provide research-based advocacy for health centers and their clients.
- Educate the public about the mission and value of health centers.
- Train and provide technical assistance to health center staff and boards.
- Develop alliances with private partners and key stakeholders to foster the delivery of primary health care services to communities in need.
National Education Alliance
The National Education Alliance is an advocacy group for adult learners and is committed to facilitating community-based projects that provide individuals with the opportunity to pursue their education in the most affordable fashion.
The National Education Alliance collaborates with:
- Institutions of Higher Learning
By working together with these groups, The National Education Alliance seeks to establish programs that meet the diverse needs of adult learners. With the emergence of hybrid learning models, working adults can take advantage of various course-delivery options ranging from independent study to tutor-led online learning. Providing robust learning experiences through multiple venues allows the student to benefit from a multi-faceted learning experience, thereby expanding knowledge acquisition, student retention, and overall accomplishment.
National Urban League
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, there are nearly 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.
The National Urban League works to provide economic empowerment, educational opportunities and the guarantee of civil rights for the underserved in America. They started their Centennial Celebration in 2010 with a bold, nationwide call to action. They launched I AM EMPOWERED, an initiative focusing on four aspirational goals for America in education, employment, housing, and healthcare, the cornerstones of their approach.I AM EMPOWERED reminds Americans of the power of the individual to become a force for change by encouraging collective action to bring change to entire communities.
Every American child is ready for college, work and life.
Every American has access to jobs with a living wage and good benefits.
Every American lives in safe, decent, affordable and energy efficient housing on fair terms.
Every American has access to quality and affordable health care solutions.
Since its beginning, the National Education Association has been ahead of its time, crusading for the rights of all educators and children. Their mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite their member and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. These principles guide their work and define their mission:
Equal Opportunity. They believe public education is the gateway to opportunity. All students have the human and civil right to a quality public education that develops their potential, independence, and character.
A Just Society. They believe public education is vital to building respect for the worth, dignity, and equality of every individual in our diverse society.
Democracy. They believe public education is the cornerstone of our republic. Public education provides individuals with the skills to be involved, informed, and engaged in our representative democracy.
Professionalism. They believe that the expertise and judgment of education professionals are critical to student success. They maintain the highest professional standards, and they expect the status, compensation, and respect due all professionals.
Partnership. They believe partnerships with parents, families, communities, and other stakeholders are essential to quality public education and student success.
Collective Action. They believe individuals are strengthened when they work together for the common good. As education professionals, they improve both their professional status and the quality of public education when they unite and advocate collectively.
NEA also believes every student in America, regardless of family income or place of residence, deserves a quality education. In pursuing its mission, NEA has determined that they will focus the energy and resources of their 3.2 million members on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.
NFL Emerging Business Program
The NFL Emerging Business Program is designed to provide local minority and women-owned businesses access to procurement opportunities. Program objectives include:
- Inform minority and woman-owned businesses of available opportunities surrounding the Super Bowl.
- Provide business development education, training, and programming that reflects the needs of the local business community.
- Work with minority and woman-owned businesses to forge local connections benefitting business development and growth in connection with the 2012 Super Bowl and beyond.
The Emerging Business Program is a business development program designed to prepare minority and women owned business for opportunities associated with the Super Bowl and beyond.
Sea Mar community Health Centers
Sea Mar Community Health Centers, founded in 1978, is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health and human services in Washington state.
Sea Mar proudly serves all persons without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, or sexual preference, and regardless of ability to pay for services.
Sea Mar’s network of services includes more than 50 medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics and centers, and a wide variety of nutritional, social, and educational services.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Tenet Healthcare Corporation is one of the largest investor-owned health care delivery systems in the nation. Through their values of quality, integrity, service, innovation and transparency, Tenet is a disciplined operating company uniquely positioned for growth.
Since 2003, Tenet’s Commitment to Quality has improved the quality of medical care and patient safety as its hospitals and other businesses by evaluating processes and promoting best practices. As the world in which Tenet operates continues to change, Tenet’s Commitment to Quality will remain focused on quality, the growing quality gap relative to top performers in the industry, and the fact that payers and employees use quality as a distinguishing factor.
Tenet has taken the lead in addressing the needs of the uninsured through its Compact With Uninsured Patients. Established in 2003, the Compact focuses on treating patients without insurance fairly and with respect during and after their treatment, regardless of their ability to pay. Tenet also is committed to working with its patients through financial counseling and alternative payment options.
Universal Health Services, Inc.
Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation’s largest and most respected healthcare management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide, in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Founded in 1978 by Alan B. Miller, Chairman and CEO, UHS subsidiaries today have more than 65,000 employees. UHS maintains one of the strongest balance sheets and is rated amongst the highest in the hospital services industry by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. This strong capital position has enabled the company to develop and acquire many new facilities over the past few years.
The UHS strategy is to build or purchase healthcare properties in rapidly-growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. The company owes its success to a responsive management style and to a service philosophy that is based on integrity, competence and compassion.
The healthcare industry remains a place of rapid change and uncertainty. By charting its own course with strength, experience and foresight, UHS has every reason to face the future with optimism.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is governed by a nine-member Governor-appointed board responsible for administering the Community and Technical College Act and providing leadership and coordination for Washington’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges.
The SBCTC is headquartered in Olympia with offices in Spokane (eLearning) and Bellevue (IT division).
Washington State Nurses Foundation
FOR OVER A CENTURY, WSNA has proudly represented Registered Nurses and the nursing profession across Washington State. Today, WSNA is the voice for more than 75,000 licensed Registered Nurses including staff nurses, nurse educators, nurse practitioners, school nurses, public health nurses, long-term care nurses, nurse managers and nurses in many other practice areas.
WSNA provides a structure for Registered Nurses to assume an active role in decision-making and influencing areas of professional practice, workplace conditions, health reform, and policy development. Through the Council, Cabinet, and Committee structures, as well as local units and Districts in all regions of the State, members have many opportunities to enhance practice and the delivery of care. Recognizing future workforce needs, WSNA also actively supports the Nursing Students of Washington State working to ensure a strong pipeline of practitioners and leaders for years to come.
As an association of nurses and for nurses, WSNA works in partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA), to provide a powerful platform to ensure Registered Nurses in Washington achieve these goals.
WGU Community College Partnership Program
Like community colleges, Western Governors University shares the goal of helping students find the best fit for continuing their education. That’s why the university offers membership in the WGU Community College Partnership Program. Students who graduated from a member institution, or who are employed with a member institution, may be eligible for additional savings. These students will also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships specifically designed for students coming from member intuitions.