• HRSA Funding Opportunity!
    Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals Grant Program

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    July 22 / 23, 2014

    Patient navigator
    & care coordinator stakeholder forum

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HRSA Funding Opportunity Announcement!

Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals Grant Program

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the FY 2014 Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) "Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals grant program".  Website

Authorized in 1972, HCOP provides grants to eligible accredited health professions schools and public and private non-profit health or educational entities.  The program's goal is to provide students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully compete for, enter, and graduate from health or allied health professions schools.  

The purpose of this grant program is to train and expand the health paraprofessional workforce to meet the employment needs of the community with a particular focus on team-based care, and to promote employment and a career ladder for those trained through career coaching and placement partnership with the community, particularly in rural and underserved areas.  

HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce has made investments in improving diversity in the health professions workforce by training entry-level and health paraprofessional workers, and intends to enhance these efforts through this funding opportunity.  The goal of this investment is to grow the workforce while simultaneously promoting employment and a career ladder for graduates of health paraprofessional training programs.  

This funding opportunity also further strengthens HRSA's efforts to train individuals from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Grantees will be expected to expand the health paraprofessional workforce by supporting education and training for health paraprofessionals that result in a certificate or license.  The HCOP Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals grant program will close the gap in access to health care by increasing the number of culturally-competent and well-prepared health paraprofessionals working in rural and underserved communities.

Eligible applicants include accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health, chiropractic, podiatric medicine, public and nonprofit private schools that offer graduate programs in behavioral and mental health, programs for the training of physician assistants and other public or private nonprofit health or educational entities, which includes community colleges, technical colleges and tribal colleges.  Each applicant must specifically state its eligibility information in the project abstract.  Eligible applicant institutions/organizations must be located in the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau.

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Healthcare Employers, Educators, Labor Reps & Workforce Development Partners

-SAVE THE DATE!  Yakima: Click Here  /  Spokane: Click Here / Register: Here

Yakima - Monday, July 22th from 8:00 to 11:00 am at Yakima Valley Community College

Spokane - Tuesday, July 23th from 8:00 to 11:00 am at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute

Join a working session on curricula design to support the development of patient navigation and care coordination skills for front-line healthcare workers. A broad network of partners have joined efforts across the state to formalize a coordinated approach to meeting this emerging training need with our healthcare delivery system.

To collect broad stakeholder input these meetings will be repeated across the state in July and August 2014. Prior to these meetings, industry stakeholders will be sent an online survey to complete. The survey will collect feedback about specific patient navigation / care coordination skills and competencies that may be desirable along a continuum of healthcare roles.

Eastern Washington partners will convene in July to review the survey results and respond to proposed curricula design components; drawing from several existing programs that have been piloted in WA state and other areas of the country.

The end result will be a credit bearing set of courses/modules offered through our WA State Community & Technical College system that will be available in 2015. 

Please plan on joining us to lend your voice to the discussion. Stakeholder survey, meeting agenda and meeting details will be sent out in early July to those that have signed up to participate.

To register: Click Here

+This is a joint project of The Seattle/King County WDC, The SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training and Education Fund and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Highline Community College, Edmonds Community College, Seattle Central College, Whatcom Community College and Clark College.

Precision Exams Offers Assessments for CTE Courses

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Precision Exams (www.precisionexams.com) are excited to announce their new partnership to deliver standardized CTE assessments statewide.

This partnership with Precision Exams will enable WA CTE programs to effectively and affordably provide industry assessments for every student in 150-plus CTE course areas. Additionally, it gives WA schools positive standards-based tools for program evaluation and improvement.

Benefits of this agreement:

 Unlimited role-based access to the entire inventory of 150+ Career Skills Standards and Exams in the Precision Exams system, including all performance rubrics, for every user-type (administrator, coordinator, and/or teacher) and user level (state, district, school).
 Pre and Post testing format available showing student growth.
 Unlimited access to all instant reporting suites.
 Unlimited trainings to districts via webinar and phone.
 Ongoing standards and exam maintenance.
 Discounted cost - only $2.50 per exam.
 There is no minimum or maximum number of exams that can be purchased.

If you are interested in further information about the exams or how to implement them within your school please contact Adam Sanchez, Washington State's implementation specialist, at (801) 653-9356 or by email at asanchez@precisionexams.com

The Precision Exams Washington website can be found here