On April 25th, the White House announced a new initiative called Health Career Pathways, a privately-led initiative that builds on the Department of Labor effort to align training and education with employer needs at a national scale. Health Career Pathways has three goals:
1. Work with healthcare employers to identify the jobs and skills most in-demand;
2. Upgrade training to give students skills and experiences most needed by employers;
3. Support job seekers, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, in advancing along career pathways to middle-class jobs.
There are two main components of the Health Career Pathways (HCP) initiative. The first is a national Healthcare Advisory Taskforce. Led by the Advisory Board Company, the taskforce will convene healthcare employers to agree on common ways to describe and measure the skills needed for health care jobs in order align training programs and help workers translate their skills to different roles and setting. Taskforce members will develop and recommend a training and retention framework for entry- and middle-skilled healthcare workers. Members will convene regularly and will provide recommendations in a final report by the end of the year.
The second component is HCP Communities, a multi-region, employer-driven effort which will be led by Hope Street Group. NYC and the metropolitan area is one of these participating regions, with Montefiore Medical Center and Northwell Health having made commitments as participants.
NYACH will be working with the Hope Street Group to build off of the existing partnerships, initiatives, and NYC career pathway efforts that are underway locally to further support this exciting initiative.