College for America to Host Healthcare Workforce Webinar on Feb. 5 on Rise of Frontline & Nonclinical Roles

New CfA Research: Frontline and nonclinical jobs are growing dramatically in both number and complexity

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MANCHESTER, N.H., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- College for America will host a webinar on Wednesday, February 5th with higher education and industry experts to discuss their recent research revealing the rise of nonclinical and frontline health care roles – and how administrators are working to keep pace with the changes.

The free webinar is February 5, 2014 at 12pm EST, registration is required.

The webinar will cover topics including:

  • Which specific competencies are emerging as most critical?
  • How can employers screen for these key competences in their hiring practices?
  • How are large healthcare employers preparing their current workforce shift?

The webinar will be hosted by Julian Alssid and Melissa Goldberg from College for America's workforce strategies team and MJ Ryan, Workforce Development Director for Partners Healthcare, a large not-for-profit integrated health system.

Recently College for America released a research report examining six fast-growing nonclinical and frontline healthcare jobs which are growing in complexity as well as prominence in the wake of the baby boom retirement, Affordable Care Act changes, and increased reliance on information technology.  Analysis shows a shift toward a more versatile set of skills than was required for these types of positions in the past.

The report also included an infographic and DWAs (Detailed Work Activity) for each of the top six fast growing nonclinical health care jobs.

For more information about the report visit:

Julian L. Alssid, Chief Workforce Strategist, is a nationally recognized expert in workforce development innovation and policy. He has over 20 years of experience working with decision makers who seek to grow the economy and create a pipeline of skilled talent. Prior to joining College for America, Julian founded the Workforce Strategy Center, where he advised over 20 states on workforce policy and established himself as a leader in promoting effective, practical solutions for implementing career pathways initiatives.

Melissa Goldberg, Senior Workforce Strategist, has over 20 years of experience advising executives, and researching, documenting, and disseminating promising practices in the field of workforce development. For the past decade Melissa served as Senior Associate at the Workforce Strategy Center. In that role she has facilitated state and regional strategic planning, provided technical assistance to foundations, federal agencies, businesses, workforce boards, and community colleges throughout the country.

MJ Ryan is the Workforce Development Director for Partners HealthCare, a position that was created seven years ago to coordinate, leverage, and pursue growth opportunities for workforce development initiatives across the Partners HealthCare system. Partners HealthCare is a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system in Boston, Massachusetts.  Founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital – two of the nation's leading academic medical centers – Partners HealthCare includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care, and other health related services.

About College for America: College for America is a nonprofit college built specifically to work for working adults and their employers, and to better connect workforce research, higher education, and labor market needs. CfA makes higher education work for working adults by making it uniquely affordable ($2,500/year, often covered by tuition reimbursement benefits), rigorous, and flexibility scheduled for busy lives -- and the school works for employers by relying on competency and project-based learning, so employees can build promotable skills.

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