2016 NJHCTN Summit Showcases Careers and Innovation

On April 11, 2016 the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network (NJHCTN) held its annual health care summit at the Rutgers Student Center in New Brunswick. The event brought together approximately 200 health care professionals, employers, educators, and local high school students to learn about careers and developments in the health care industry.

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations’ Associate Dean Bill Castellano gave an overview of NJHCTN’s capabilities as well as SMLR’s continuing education opportunities. Dr. Don Sebastian, senior vice president for research and development at New Jersey Institute of Technology and president and CEO of the New Jersey Innovation Institute was the keynote speaker. Dr. Sebastian mesmerized the crowd with demonstrations of current and future healthcare technology that include video chats, apps, the integration of geo-locations, and on-demand language translations. 

“We need to retrain the workforce to adapt to the new, evolving health care field,” said Dr. Sebastian. “It’s an amazing new world developing in which we can easily connect with physicians.” 

Dr. Gina Miranda-Diaz gave a moving presentation that highlighted her career path, which was shaped by the loss of patients/friends to the AIDS epidemic. Dr. Miranda-Diaz encouraged the high school students to pursue careers in public health. 

“You must have the moral imperative to pick a career in which you give back,” Dr. Miranda-Diaz said. 

Additional speakers included:

• Catherine Frugé Starghill, Esq., Executive Director, Workforce Operations & Business Services at New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development

• Kathleen Marrs, Assistant Director, Rutgers Office of Continuing and Professional Education

• Mary Elizabeth Deno, J.D.

• Tammy Molinelli, MPA

• Loletha C. Johnson, MSN, RN

• Vicki Gaddy, SPHR

• Padma Arvind, Ph.D. , MBA, who gave the closing remarks

The New Jersey Health Care Talent Network (NJHCTN), is among the seven talent networks funded by the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The NJHCTN, housed at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations; serves as a comprehensive resource for employers, education, and workforce development providers in a key sector of New Jersey’s economy—health care. For more information, visit hctn-nj.org