New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network (NJ HCTN)

Health Care Talent Network

In a rapidly changing employment market it is critical to have a fluid statewide workforce system that can respond quickly to the needs of employers and job-seekers. New Jersey is committed to using the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as a catalyst for the creation of a talent development system; focused on ensuring that all New Jerseyans have the skills, abilities and connections to finds jobs and a career, and that builds a skilled workforce to drive economic growth.

Health Care Talent Network (HCTN) operates within the state’s talent development system. HCTN builds workforce competencies by promoting the alignment of employer needs, market analysis trends, and workforce skills within the healthcare sector. Strategies to promote this alignment will come from high-quality partnerships with Employers, the state’s Workforce Development Board, community colleges, universities and other providers of technical and apprenticeship opportunities. HCTN develops strategies to meet the skill needs of employers and facilitate creating career pathways with varying access points.

Primarily, HCTN focuses on:

  1. Developing high-quality, employer-driven partnerships:

Employer Coalition for Healthcare Workforce Expansion

Through the Employer Coalition for Healthcare Workforce Expansion (ECHWE), HCTN works with employers, local Workforce Development Boards, educational institutions and other stakeholders focusing on workforce development issues within the healthcare sector. ECHWE consists of three regional autonomous coalitions that are organized and facilitated by HCTN and led by industry employers.

  • North – Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren
  • Central – Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean
  • South – Atlantic/Cape, Burlington, Cumberland, Camden, Gloucester, Salem

Through ECHWE, HCTN engages and convenes employers to identify common skill gaps and workforce needs; identify the skills, abilities, and credentials that are in demand and develop a customized strategy to address those needs.

Regional Plan

HCTN will engage employers and identify industry workforce needs, assemble workforce and education stakeholders to assess capacity, and facilitate the development of a specific area workforce plan for each ECHWE region.

Each of the three ECHWE chapters will synthesize information from employers, Workforce Development Boards, educational institutions, training providers and other stakeholders about the regional workforce needs, challenges, opportunities and trends to strengthen the industry by creating PATHWAYS with varying access points for jobseekers at different skill/educational levels and outlining training opportunities leading to CREDENTIALS that industry employers desire.

  • Facilitate the development of a workforce plan for each coalition to respond to identified workforce needs and opportunities.
  • Develop regionally specific plans to move the industry forward in each coalition
  1. Developing industry intelligence to inform workforce investments:

HCTN will work closely with LWD’s labor market analysts to frame the understanding of key industry workforce trends and the workforce needs of employers. The Talent Networks will engage employers and industry associations to provide input into the development of the list of industry-valued credentials and degrees.

  • Assist NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development in the identification of industry-valued credentials to guide investments in workforce training
  • Partners with LWD-Labor Market Information analysts to craft annual State of the Industry Report

Industry Summit

Annually, HCTN will host an Industry Summit to inform key workforce stakeholders of the most important employer needs. The Talent Networks will also partner with LWD labor market analysts to produce an annual workforce report for their industry that combines quantitative data and feedback from employers.

Our 2016 Kick-off event took place on April 11th, 2016 Over 200 people were in attendance including Allied Health Students from Gloucester County Institute of Technology and Edison Job Corp.  The event featured a Keynote Speaker and lecture series by leaders in the Health Care Industry

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Don Sebastian, Senior Vice President for Research & Development at NJIT; President & CEO New Jersey Innovation Institute

Guest Speaker:

Kerri Gatling, Manager, Talent Networks, Workforce Operations & Business Services
New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Lecture Series:

Dr. Gina Miranda-Diaz, MS/MPH, DNP, APHN-BC, Topic: Nursing Pathways

Mary Elizabeth Deno, J.D., Topic: Mergers and Acquisitions

Tammy Molinelli, MPA, Topic: Project SEARCH

Loletha C. Johnson, MSN, RN, Topic: Public Health Workforce

Vicki Gaddy, SPHR, Topic: Clinical Research Workforce