While Lois is employed by a healthcare system, the impactful work she has done in the community has been in a number of areas. One of Lois’ great skills is in coalition building to serve the needs of our community. Lois is a respected leader, who others trust to have the best interest of the community at heart.
Fifteen years ago, Lois was instrumental in starting the first Nurse Camp (a free summer camp) in the state as a way for high school students to explore their interest in nursing and other health professions. The MultiCare Nurse Camp was honored by the Washington State Hospital Association. Other healthcare systems followed MultiCare’s lead and developed similar programs.
Lois also had the idea to start the first health care careers curriculum for high school students in Tacoma. In honor of Lois’ work, the Healthcare Careers Collaborative named a fund after her, The Lois Bernstein Fund for the Healthcare Careers Academy that supports the school. She was also instrumental in implementing the first school based health clinic in the Tacoma Public Schools District. The clinic opened in April 2018, and has been welcome by students, families and leadership.