Community Health Worker jobs are growing in number, complexity and importance…
At 22,053,900 projected workers in 2020, the healthcare industry makes up the largest segment of the United States’ economy. Not just doctors and nurses, the healthcare industry also broadly encompasses the nonclinical, community and social service, and support positions that comprise 42% of the healthcare workforce.
The community health worker has taken on new importance as hospitals look to extend themselves and bring healthcare services to patients where they live. Among the occupations with the largest percentage increases across the country, office workers such as medical office specialists, office supervisors, and medical records technicians have seen their positions adapt and grow. And, a new position, often referred to as patient navigator or patient representative, has been created to facilitate smooth coordination of health services for patients.
Curious about what a career in medical assisting means? Take a look at this great graphic coming from NYC LMIS as part of CUNY CareerPATH to show inquiring students where this career path can lead.
“Working under the supervision of a physician or nurse, medical assistants perform a combination of administrative and clinical functions. Clinical students may include taking vital signs, drawing blood and preparing patients for examinations. Administrative duties may include scheduling, maintaining records and billing and coding for insurance.”
Information sessions for CUNY CareerPATH’s summer cohort of of the Culinary Arts & Hospitality and Food & Beverage programs (at Kingsborough Community College) and Emergency Medical Technician program (at Borough of Manhattan Community College) have just been posted. Check out our Information Session page for the dates/times.
To get more information about these programs, visit CUNY CareerPATH online: http://www.cuny.edu/academics/conted/PATH.html
The CUNY CareerPATH program at QCC was featured in this weeks edition of New York City Workforce Weekly. Read more about the success of CCP’s Medical Office Assistant program at QCC via the link below.
Yesterday we highlighted a piece from Tom Hilliard at the Center for Urban Future about the need for Mayor de Blasio to focus on supporting CUNY community colleges. The report detailed interventions that CUNY community colleges have created to help students get accepted, stay in and get jobs through early college experiences. CUNY CareerPATH was highlighted as a successful workforce training program, and one that should be enhanced with greater support and collaboration throughout the city:
“Not only does Career Path deserve to be scaled up, it also would benefit from deeper coordination with city workforce, education and youth development agencies, which the de Blasio administration could expedite.”
While this article focuses on the future of CUNY initiatives, CUNY CareerPATH’s programs are still active and offering support to New York City residents who want to receive training for a better job or a place in higher education. Read more about CUNY CareerPATH here. Information sessions are continually being offered for many of our programs. If you think this program is right for you, fill out this quick surveyand a CareerPATH representative will call you back to discuss eligibility and next steps.
CUNY CareerPATH Culinary Arts Program, in the kitchen
A recent New York Times article, A Change in the Kitchen, digs deep into the changing roles of women in professional kitchens. For decades, thanks to low-pay, long hours and general high turnover, the food industry has largely been one for transient workers—oftentimes with more qualified workers leaving both jobs and the larger industry after a relatively short period of time. In the last few decades, in part due to the acknowledgement of basic worker rights, there’s been a move towards supporting employee satisfaction, with kitchens offering benefits, sick time and the possibility for promotion. Add to this to growing prestige of the culinary world, due partially to evolving food fads, the opening of specialized restaurants, and the glitz and glam of the industry via reality cooking shows.
While these factors have changed the industry as a whole, one of the more pronounced developments has been the role of women in the kitchen.
If you’re interested in finding out more about CUNY CareerPATH programs, attend one of our information sessions. If you want to get started right away, fill out this quick surveyand a CareerPATH staff member will contact you with all the information you need to get your future moving.
**Most programs will be starting up information sessions in January 2014, so please check back then. If you would like to talk with a representative right away, fill out our survey (above) or call one of the programs and someone will get in contact with you soon.