Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program
The Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program supports formal rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists. This program will also provide support to rural health networks that can leverage and enhance existing HIT training materials to develop formal training programs, which will provide instructional opportunities to current health care staff, local displaced workers, rural residents, veterans, and other potential students.
These formal training programs will result in the development of a cadre of HIT workers who can help rural hospitals and clinics implement and maintain systems, such as electronic health records (EHR), telehealth, home monitoring and mobile health technology, and meet EHR meaningful use standards.
Applicants for the Rural HIT Workforce Program must meet the following requirements:
- The lead applicant organization must be a public or private nonprofit entity located in a rural area or in a rural census tract of an urban county, and all services must be provided in a rural county or census tract
- Applicants must be located in the 50 states, applicants may be located in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Territories of the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Compact Free Association Jurisdictions of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia
- Applicants must form networks composed of at least three health care providers that are separate, existing organizations
- The network must partner with an accredited two-year educational institution, such as a community, technical, or vocational college, to deliver the educational component of the Rural HIT Workforce Program
Total Funding Available: $4,500,000
Award Ceiling: $300,000 per year
Number of Awards: Up to 15
Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through grants.gov.
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