Urban League Receives $130,000 Grant Awarded to Provide Workforce Training in Targeted Zip Codes for Low-Barrier to Entry Healthcare Jobs

Urban League Receives $130,000 Grant Awarded to Provide Workforce Training in Targeted Zip Codes for Low-Barrier to Entry Healthcare Jobs

Fort Lauderdale, FL - June 7, 2023.  The HCA Healthcare Foundation has awarded a $130,000 grant to the Urban League of Broward County to train under-employed and unemployed individuals from targeted zip codes to obtain certifications in low-barrier to entry healthcare jobs.

Awarded as part of the Foundation’s Healthier Tomorrow Fund, the grant will allow the Urban League to expand its efforts to provide job training and career development opportunities to individuals from Broward Up Communities who are facing economic challenges. The grant will support a range of programs and initiatives that focus on preparing individuals for careers in healthcare, one of the fastest growing industries in our region.

At HCA Healthcare we are committed to the care and improvement of human life,” said Charles Gressle, HCA East Florida Division President. “This partnership with the Urban League will help improve the lives of community members who have been disconnected from the workforce.  With proper support they can get career coaching, explore jobs in healthcare and receive job placement assistance.

"We are grateful for the support of The HCA Foundation and for this opportunity to create pathways to sustainable employment and economic self-sufficiency," said Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, president and CEO of the Urban League. "This grant will allow us to equip individuals with the skills and certifications needed to enter and advance in the healthcare field, which will ultimately improve their economic mobility and quality of life."

With this funding, the Urban League will be able to provide critical support to underserved communities in our area. This includes funding for programs that offer vocational training, job readiness coaching, and certification exam preparation for low-barrier to entry healthcare jobs such as certified nursing assistant (CNA), medical assistant, and phlebotomist.

For more information about the Urban League and its programs, please visit or contact 954.584.0777.

About the Urban League of Broward County

The Urban League of Broward County is a not-for-profit organization founded to empower communities and change lives. Its mission is to enable African Americans and others in historically underserved communities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. The Urban League’s ADVANCE programs uplift nearly 14,000 people every year through affordable housing initiatives, youth development and diversion, employment and training, entrepreneurship, health, and civic engagement. Learn more about the Urban League of Broward County by visiting or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About the HCA Healthcare Foundation 

Since 1998, the HCA Healthcare Foundation has contributed over $247 million in grants and matching gifts to more than 500 agencies and organizations, focusing on those that promote health and well-being, education and quality of life. In 2021, the HCA Healthcare Foundation established the Healthier Tomorrow Fund, a community impact fund with an initial investment of $75 million, to expand the work being done in Middle Tennessee to other community partners in communities where HCA Healthcare has a presence. Grantmaking for Middle Tennessee and the Healthier Tomorrow Fund is just one way that HCA Healthcare supports charitable giving and social investment. Through matching gifs to support colleagues’ charities of choice and encouraging colleagues to volunteer their time and talents, the HCA Healthcare Foundation is helping to create healthier tomorrows for the communities where our colleagues live and serve. Visit to learn more. 

About the Healthier Tomorrow Fund 

The HCA Healthcare Foundation established the Healthier Tomorrow Fund — a community impact fund with an initial investment of $75 million — designed to support innovative initiatives focused on addressing high-priority community needs and advancing health equity. It supports efforts to pilot, replicate and scale meaningful, measurable initiatives. Grant opportunities are identified by the HCA Healthcare Foundation and HCA Healthcare community engagement colleagues along with local and national community partners. Invitations to apply are extended to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Visit to learn more