Research Topics

Central New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network and the New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network Projects

In 2008, the Heldrich Center received funding from Johnson & Johnson to identify and address key workforce needs of the healthcare industry in Central New Jersey. An advisory group including hospitals and other healthcare providers prioritized career awareness for young people as a primary workforce need given expected shortages in key occupations and limited awareness among students regarding the breadth and requirements of healthcare careers. In 2010, the effort was coined the Central New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network and a Web site was created to provide students with better information on healthcare careers and educational requirements. The group also developed print materials, including a brochure of direct care healthcare careers. In 2011, the Central New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network merged with a wider statewide effort called the New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network, which will implement multiple strategies to address workforce issues in the industry across the state, including curriculum development and career awareness events. The Heldrich Center continues to lead the Central New Jersey efforts, as well as assist in the management of education and workforce partners and the development and implementation of key strategies for the statewide initiative. (The Central New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network is funded by successive grants from 2008 to the present from the Johnson & Johnson Corporation; the Center’s work on the New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network is funded through a subcontract from the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. The Primary sponsor of the New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network is the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development)

Topic: 
U.S. Labor Market & Industry
Research Team: 
Laurie Harrington
Funded By: 
The Central New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network is funded by successive grants from 2008 to the present from the Johnson & Johnson Corporation; the Center’s work on the New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network is funded through a subcontract from the School
Status: 
Completed
Keywords: 
students with disabilities
education