New York City is home to one of the most robust health care systems in the country. The City has close to 17,000 public and private health care establishment that employ almost a half a million people. The industry provides opportunities for employment in hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities and outpatient health care facilities. Changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act there have and will continue to bring sweeping changes to employment opportunities and cause a shift from inpatient care to a more preventative care model.
Understanding the shift of employment trends and training needs for students; the CTE Healthcare Commission is working under the leadership of Chair Gabrielle Kersaint, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Queens Long Island Area Health Education Center to look for tangible solutions. The Healthcare Commission is comprised of 27 schools and 42 programs across all five boroughs, and works with long standing industry partners such as: NYACH, HHC, 1199SEIU, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
For the school year 2016-2017 the Commission is focusing on:
- The Office of Postsecondary Readiness in collaboration with the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, is presently developing an Enhanced Healthcare Core Curriculum that incorporates NYACH’s Core Competencies for Today’s Healthcare Workforce and prepares students for success in a wide range of healthcare occupation training tracks, including tracks for certified nursing assistants. The curriculum will be piloted at participating CTE high schools beginning in September 2017.
- Providing more teacher training around Medical Assisting, and student preparation for college
- Recruiting more qualified teachers
- Finding new work based learning opportunities for students
Labor Market Information for the Healthcare Sector 2017: