Employers and stakeholders will discuss best practices, enhancing career pathways, and overcoming barriers to entering the healthcare field at MCNY Bronx Campus on November 16


New York, NY – HERE to HERE, a Bronx-based nonprofit that creates and enhances pathways to rewarding jobs for young people and employers seeking talent, will co-host an interactive convening on careers in healthcare in partnership with the Bronx Borough President’s Office, Montefiore Medical Center, and New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH) on November 16 from 8:30am-12:00pm at Metropolitan College of New York’s Bronx Campus at 463 East 149th Street.


Career Medicine: A Healthcare Convening” will gather more than 100 healthcare professionals, educators, advocates, and government officials to discuss barriers to entering the healthcare field, learn about model programs, and develop strategies to overcome these challenges in order to expand career opportunities. Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing industries in the city, adding 21,400 new jobs in 2017, the most of any sector. From 2009 to 2017, the number of jobs in the field grew 28 percent.


“Healthcare is an important and growing industry in the Bronx and citywide; not only are young people excited about new healthcare opportunities in their community, but employers are also eager to tap local talent,” said Abby Jo Sigal, CEO of HERE to HERE. “Having work means people can afford to live in their communities, pay for services, and buy more nutritious food—all of which affects health and the healthcare industry. This convening showcases examples of how we can intentionally match youth with opportunity, and underscore the relationship between opportunity and community health.”


This event is the third in a three-part career pathways series presented by the Bronx Borough President’s Office and HERE to HERE. Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. will offer welcoming remarks at the convening.


“My office is proud to partner with HERE to HERE on this important healthcare convening. As we look for ways to improve health outcomes in our borough and our city, it is imperative that we align with strong partners who are committed to providing the training, skills and education needed to ensure our communities are prepared to careers in the healthcare fields. I look forward to an informative discussion on this topic, and appreciate the continued partnership of HERE to HERE on this critical topic,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.


Following a NYACH-moderated panel focused on overcoming barriers in healthcare pathways featuring Montefiore Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, Urban Health Plan, and more, attendees will have the opportunity to attend two breakout sessions to discuss model workforce programs in the Bronx. Representatives from New Jewish Home, Mentoring in Medicine, Phipps Neighborhood, PHI, Bronx Community College, and HERO High School will discuss how their programs work and share best practices. Sonia Scarso, a high school student at Bronx International who completed New Jewish Home’s Geriatric Career Development Program, will also address the audience and share her perspective as a young person just entering the field.


“Providing youth with work-based learning opportunities is so important to their being successful in the workplace,” said Lynn Richmond, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Montefiore Health System. “Montefiore has always been committed to the development and training of young people: we offer a range of programs from job-readiness training to internships, and we also offer social support and help getting resources. We are proud of our integral role in shaping the workforce of the future and supporting the health of our Bronx communities.”


Attendees will leave the convening better equipped to enhance pathways to careers in healthcare, with new ideas and examples of how increased collaboration from all stakeholders can unlock opportunities for young people and employers alike.


Interested attendees can RSVP here.


About HERE to HERE

HERE to HERE, a Bronx-based nonprofit, unites employers, educators, and community-based organizations to connect young people to family-sustaining careers and create a thriving, inclusive economy. HERE to HERE supports people and institutions already developing career pathways and breaks down barriers between them, creates and identifies resources for new programs, and advocates for policies that ensure every student can develop the passion, experience, and professional network to get from high school to anywhere. For more information, visit https://www.heretohere.org/.