Tongue Point partnership results in awards for caregiver

Mackenzie Payton receives award

CMH nurse Mackenzie Payton (center) stands with Tongue Point deputy director Kim Zufelt (left) and CMH COO Nicole Williams (right).

Mackenzie Payton, RN, given both local and regional awards

By Sarah Bello, Marketing & Communication Specialist

Since 2005, CMH has partnered with Tongue Point Job Corps Center (TPJCC) Workforce Council and Work Based Learning Program in Astoria. TPJCC is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the US Department of Labor. It helps young people ages 16-24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

One of the programs TPJCC offers is the Clinical Medical Assistant program. As partners, CMH caregivers help create and administer a comprehensive program that pairs medical assistant students for success through work-based learning.

Various CMH supervisors have been involved in the program, and their work has included rounding in the clinic educational classrooms and teaching labs to see what students there are exposed to and to ensure it is in alignment with current standards. They also review the core curriculum, materials students use and are tested on, and the training equipment. This partnership has been successful, with students able to take their practicum experiences from CMH elsewhere, as well as to jobs within CMH.

Last week, registered nurse and Specialty Clinic supervisor Mackenzie Payton was recognized for her work with the medical assistant program. She recently revamped the work-based learning program to include the students year-round and has been instrumental in overseeing the program for the CMH Medical Group.

“Mackenzie offers constructive feedback for the students and assists in bringing their skills to an employable level,” says Kim Zufelt, TPJCC deputy director. “The opportunities provided by her and her team give the students experiences in several areas using advanced equipment and technology. Her input as part of the Workforce Council has also been invaluable in honing the CMA program.”

Zufelt says with Mackenzie’s help, the CMA students enjoy a richer and more thorough training experience. TPJCC was pleased to honor her as its Community Supporter of the Year for 2019. Mackenzie was also awarded the regional award for Community Supporter of the Year. 

“I’m so thankful for this recognition and happy to help support a local program that provides opportunities to young adults that might not have otherwise been available,” Mackenzie says. “I’m also grateful to all of our medical assistants and nurses who work one-on-one with students each day.”

Congratulations, Mackenzie, and thanks to all who work with students of any kind at CMH.