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Tuesday, May 14, 2019   (0 Comments)
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CHCI’s National Cooperative Agreement on Clinical Workforce Development


Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI) and its Weitzman Institute’s National Cooperative Agreement (NCA) on Clinical Workforce Development, is a HRSA funded project focused on “Implementing Team-Based Care” and “Training the Next Generation”. Since 2015, CHCI’s NCA on Clinical Workforce Development has provided technical and training assistance that supports health centers national to engage in effective clinical workforce development activities. These activities have taken the form of learning collaboratives, national webinars, activity sessions, publications, toolkits, and state/regional/national conference presentations and training so far. 


Over the past decade, Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI) has implemented formal organized education and training across all clinical disciplines and at all educational levels (certificate, undergraduate, graduate, professional and/or postgraduate). CHCI’s training and education programs are focused on Training to Complexity, Training to a Team-Based Care Model and Training for the Future. 


Creating a Platform for Educating and Training

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program (Est. 2007)
  • Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Residency Training Program (Est. 2011)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program (Est. 2015)
  • Weitzman Institute Administrative Leadership Fellowship (Est. 2017)
  • Dedicated Education Units (Est. 2015)
  • Center for Key Populations Fellowship (Est. 2017)
  • National Institute for Medical Assistance Advancement (Est. 2016)


CHCI is a major center of education and training for the next generation of healthcare workforce. 

In 2017-2018, CHCI welcomed 343 students/trainees.






New Health Profession Student Training Activity


In 2014, CHCI formed a “Students and Trainees Committee” devoted to the organization and management of successfully hosting health professions students and trainees. The work of this committee culminated in ‘CHCI’s Health Profession Student Training Playbook’. This is a comprehensive program manual to track, monitor, train and productively engage students and trainees at CHCI.


CHCI wanted to take a very complicated area that is often fraught with “dropped balls” and frustrations and apply principles of QI and process redesign to improve it. Using CHCI’s Health Professions Student Training Playbook, the NCA deconstructed the playbook identifying the constituent parts and created a usable playbook guide that walks health centers through the process of developing the infrastructure needed at their health center to effectively train health profession students, as well as produces a Health Profession Student Training Playbook for their health center.


Through the NCA, CHCI provides coaching to health center on the development of a playbook for training students and trainees across all disciplines at their health center. This playbook guide is paired with an activity called an ‘activity session’. Activity Sessions are personalized video conference sessions for a limited number of health centers as to provide one-on-one consultations in a larger group setting. 




National Learning Library www.chc1.com/nca

The NCA created the National Learning Library, which is a collection of resources developed by the NCA team on Team-Based Care and Training the Next Generation. The resources include webinars, associated slides, poster presentations, publications and tools. The National Learning Library can be accessed at www.chc1.com/nca, as well as information regarding our upcoming free opportunities/activities.


www.chc1.com/nca | nca@chc1.com | www.twitter.com/CHCWorkforceNCA


 This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $1,575,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.







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