New Occupational Profile: Medical Assistants

Initiative Updates, Policy Updates

NYACH has released the first in a series of Occupational Profiles on Medical Assistants. Medical assistants are increasingly important members of care teams, and their roles have grown to include—in addition to clinical tasks—medical office activities, patient education, and documentation. Consequently, healthcare employers are looking for medical assistants who have the innate characteristics for productive …




Success of New Recovery Peer Advocate Training Model Recently Highlighted

Initiative Updates

On Tuesday, Crain’s Health Pulse featured a story highlighting the success of NYACH’s newly developed Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) program. While peers have long been an important part of behavioral health support, their services have only recently become reimbursable under the State’s Medicaid program. This created a new opportunity to develop a training program …




Mayor Announces Launch of Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Training Program

2017 Winter Newsletter, Initiative Updates, Policy Updates

On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of NYACH’s Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) training program at Queensborough Community College (QCC). CRPAs are certified to provide coaching, support, information, guidance, and motivation to those seeking or sustaining recovery from a substance use disorder. Peers have a unique blend of lived experience in the …




New Healthcare Delivery Models Open Up Career Opportunities for Immigrants and Young Adults

2017 Winter Newsletter, Initiative Updates

Bilingual Medical Assistant Training Program: NYACH’s Bilingual Medical Assistant Training Program, offered by LaGuardia Community College in partnership with the Washington Heights Workforce1 Center and various health centers and physicians’ offices, helps students improve their English, learn medical vocabulary in their native language, and train to be a medical assistant all at the same time. …




Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Program Launches

2017 Winter Newsletter, Initiative Updates

NYACH partnered with 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, and LaGuardia Community College to launch a nationally registered Community Health Worker (CHW) Apprenticeship Program. CHWs are public health workers who have a uniquely close understanding of and trusting relationship with the communities they serve. CHWs act as intermediaries between the community and …




New Health Coach Training Supports PPS Meet their Workforce Need

2017 Winter Newsletter, Initiative Updates

Health coaches are clinical support staff members who provide practice-level care coordination and patient engagement services to the patient population. The title and role is anticipated to grow as a result of the Affordable Care Act and New York State Medicaid Redesign’s focus on population health and chronic disease management. To meet this growing demand, …




NYACH’s Registered Nurse Transition to Practice Program Highlighted in Recent Press Focused on Nursing Experience Gaps

2017 Winter Newsletter, Initiative Updates

Recent press has focused on the complicated nature of the nursing shortage in the United States, with a lack of RNs with the nursing experience that employers are seeking, especially for specialty inpatient units, driving challenges for recruitment and employment. Two recent articles about this problem- one in Stateline and one in McKnight’s- highlighted NYACH’s …




NYACH Develops a Recommendation for Core Competencies for Today’s Healthcare Workforce

2016 Spring Newsletter, Initiative Updates

The transformation of New York State’s healthcare system to care coordination and care management delivery models requires new core skills and competencies across many frontline healthcare workers, including care coordinators, care managers, patient navigators, community health workers, health educators, medical assistants, patient care technicians/associates, nurses, and home care workers. While many of the specific job …




CHCANYS Issues Survey and Report on Emerging Titles in Federally Qualified Health Centers in NYC

2016 Spring Newsletter, Initiative Updates

In January, the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS), in partnership with NYACH and the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the State University of New York at Albany (CHWS), published a report titled Prepare to Care: Key Findings and Training Recommendations for New York City FQHC’s Emerging Titles. The report summarizes …