HHS Offers $38M in New HIT Workforce Development Grants

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , December 24, 2009

For the university-based training program, the national coordinator expects to issue eight to 12 one-time awards for academic programs that rapidly increase the availability of people qualified for specific health IT jobs that require university-level training. The training will emphasize programs that can be completed in one year or less. Awards are for a 39-month project period. Four-year colleges and universities may apply.

For the competency exam program, the national coordinator expects to issue a single one-time award to support the development and initial administration of a set of health IT competency exams. The exams will assess basic competency for individuals trained through short-term, non-degree health IT programs, and for people with relevant experience or other training to demonstrate their competency in health IT workforce roles needed to achieve meaningful use of electronic health information. The award is for two years.

Applications for both grants are due by January 25, and the final awards are expected in March 2010. Information is available at http://HealthIT.HHS.gov/ and www.grants.gov.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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