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The evolution & importance of hiring & training clinical professionals beyond COVID

June 13, 2023 05:00 PM EDT
June 13, 2023 05:00 PM EDT
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Learning and development are critical for hiring and training clinical professionals at Healthfirst. Find out how you’d thrive there!

Healthfirst, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health insurers offering high-quality, affordable healthcare, knows their employees are their greatest asset. So they offer a trailblazer culture with ample continuous learning and total rewards that demonstrate how much they value teams.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of ongoing training and development for clinical professionals to meet current and future health challenges. Healthfirst is passionate about providing unique learning programs across product knowledge, systems application, core business processes, member/provider experience, and 5-star service skills.

Join us online to:

  • 💰 Explore exciting nursing opportunities
  • 📈 Dive into Healthfirst’s trademarked Leadership Development Programs
  • ❤️ Hear how the team acts as one Healthfirst
  • 🌐 Network, network, network
  • 🗣️ Chat live with recruiters

Yes! Following the event, those recruiters will follow up with qualified registrants on roles that match their skills.

Agenda (subject to change):
  • 5:00 PM ET - PowerToFly kickoff
  • 5:05 PM ET - Welcome address from Alana Mermer, director, enterprise learning delivery
  • 5:15 PM ET - Panel discussion and audience Q&A featuring:
  • 5:55 PM ET - Closing remarks from PowerToFly
  • 6:00 PM ET - Networking sessions
  • 6:30 PM ET - Event concludes
Booked that day? RSVP to:
  1. Access the event recording
  2. Get your profile in front of recruiters

About Healthfirst: Healthfirst has grown into New York’s largest not-for-profit health insurer, offering high-quality, affordable plans to fit every life stage, including Medicaid plans, Medicare Advantage plans, long-term care plans, qualified health plans, and individual and small group plans. Healthfirst serves 1.8 million members in their network, with 40,000+ providers and 4,500 employees.

About PowerToFly: PowerToFly is a women-run platform that works with companies to identify skilled professionals for networking and recruiting opportunities. Over the past few years, we’ve produced 1,500+ events across the world with brands like Meta, Spotify, and Deloitte, resulting in countless hires.

About PowerToFly’s Events: All RSVP’d attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require assistance to participate, please email, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

→ PowerToFly cannot admit outside recruiters to this event. Please email if you have any questions about this policy.

Meet The Speakers

Alana Mermer
Alana Mermer
Director, Enterprise Learning Delivery

Alana Mermer is a Learning and Development leader with experience in the luxury retail and healthcare industries. Alana has been with Healthfirst for over five years and currently leads the Learning Delivery and Learning Technology and Operations Teams. Under Alana’s guidance, these five teams work to create, deliver, and operationalize dynamic mixed modality learning solutions that support Healthfirst employees throughout their entire employee lifecycle. Alana resides in New Jersey and enjoys the Jersey shore and spending time with her family outside of work.

Wanthony Cruz
Wanthony Cruz
Senior Manager, Learning Delivery

Wanthony Cruz is a New York City native from Washington Heights. After Binghamton University, Wanthony worked at Fidelis Care in Member Services then Compliance.

He joined Healthfirst's Growth team in 2015. He went on to support the development of Sales systems as a Product Owner. Since 2019, Wanthony has led a Learning Delivery team supporting Healthfirst’s Growth business unit. In his spare of time, you'll find Wanthony training for a marathon or playing with basketball & baseball in uptown Manhattan.

Angela Susca
Angela Susca
Manager, Learning Delivery

Angela Susca is a Learning Delivery Manager with over 25 years of Learning and Development experience in the telecommunications and healthcare industries. Angela is going into her tenth year with Healthfirst and currently leads the Learning Delivery Operations Team. Under Angela’s guidance, seven talented individuals help develop, deliver, and support Operations learning, which include departments such as Contact Care Operations, Claims, Enrollment and Billing, and Provider Data Management. Angela is a proud single mom of three amazing children. Her oldest child is a Toy Designer and FIT graduate, her son is a Mechanical Engineer and NYU graduate, and she is eagerly awaiting how her youngest will impact the world. In her spare time, Angela likes to travel, experience new cultures and cuisines, and spend time with her family and friends.

Ploumi Stroumbakis
Ploumi Stroumbakis
Manager, Talent Advisor – Clinical

Ploumi Stroumbakis has more than 20 years of experience in Talent Acquisition and Human Resources across multiple industries including finance, retail, and healthcare. She executes on strategies to attract, hire, and retain best in class talent and develops sourcing strategies that target diverse candidate pools. She also works to strengthen partnerships with educational institutions and industry associations to identify and recruit talent from local communities and non-traditional career paths. At Healthfirst, she leads a full lifecycle recruiting team that supports hiring for Nurses, Social Workers, and healthcare professionals in Clinical Operations.

Ana Mola
Ana Mola
Manager, Talent Advisor – Clinical

Dr. Ana Mola is an advanced Practice Nurse, Administrator, Educator, and Researcher. She has clinically practiced for over three decades at NYU Langone Health System, in the specialty areas of cardiovascular surgery, cardiology, rehabilitative medicine, and supervised the care management professional development training program. She has a faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the NYU School of Medicine Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is currently employed at Healthfirst Insurance Plan in NYC, serving as the Director of the Clinical Technical Assistance Center, leading the care management clinical practice training program.