Initiative Updates

To register for a Medical Assistant Training information session, contact Tina Quinones-Cabrera at 718-664-2544,  Read this flier or this information page for more information.


To register for a Home Health Aide Training information session, click HERE.



Medical Assistant Training

This initiative is a pilot launched with the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS), Lehman College, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) to train both current entry-level healthcare workers and unemployed individuals as Medical Assistants. Feedback gathered by CHCANYS from community health centers was used to enhance CUNY Medical Assistant curricula, reflecting changing healthcare delivery models, especially the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Both 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds and CHCANYS help to recruit participants while Lehman College, BMCC, and Queensborough Community College (QCC) provide instruction. Over the course of a year, part-time students participate in classes, clinical training, and an externship, preparing graduates to sit for the National Healthcareer Association Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Exam. Current workers receive a wage increase or promotion upon completion, and unemployed participants are connected with New York City’s Workforce1 Health Care Career Center to obtain positions as Medical Assistants. The initiative is funded by the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and NYACH. It is now in its second iteration at both Lehman and BMCC, and recently expanded to QCC and Hostos Community College.


  • 1st cohort at Lehman and BMCC May/June of 2013-April/May 2014
  • 2nd cohort at Lehman and BMCC February/March 2014-February 2015
  • 1st cohort at Queensborough Community College February 2014-August 2014
  • 1st cohort at Hostos Community College March 2015-December 2015



CUNY HHA Training and Employment Initiative

This initiative builds upon the work done in the employer-based initiative by taking the lessons learned and applying them to HHA trainings at the City University of New York (CUNY). PHI works with Lehman College and Queensborough Community College to enhance their HHA curriculum and provides coaching and technical assistance to instructors throughout the six months that this 17-day course is offered. In addition, PHI provides input on screening and assessment tools for unemployed individuals interested in homecare, and works with New York City’s Workforce1 Career Centers to implement these. Three homecare employers help to screen and select participants and commit to hire those that successfully complete the program and receive certification. This initiative is funded by the New York City Department of Small Business Services and NYACH.


  • Multiple cohorts run throughout the January 2014-June 2014 time period
  • Multiple cohorts run throughout the January 2015-June 2015 time period