Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We have had plenty of exciting news to celebrate lately. Congratulations to all of the award recipients. State Loan Repayment Program awarded $922,527 to 45 grantees, and Song Brown Training Program presented 36 Family Practice Residency Programs with $7,796,748 in funding. Equally eventful, other programs continue to play a role in supporting and developing the states’ healthcare workforce. Shortage Designation Program has renovated the Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA ) renewal process and new application process. Our California State Innovation Model (CalSIM) Workforce Workgroup continues to meet to explore roles, functions, competencies, and reimbursement for community health workers and Promotores. Details follow in the below announcements.
Whether it’s our work in career awareness, training and placement, financial incentives, systems redesign or research, we remain committed to supporting a diverse and culturally competent healthcare workforce and partnering with organizations like yours to advance access to quality health.
Lupe Lupe Alonzo-Diaz Deputy Director, Healthcare Workforce Development Division
HWDD conducted its third Community Health Workers (CHW) Work Group session June 13, 2014 for the CalSIMS Community Health Worker‘s initiative. Subject: The Incorporation of Community Health Workers within California’s State Innovation Model. Discussions included the following topics: An update on the release of the federal opportunity announcement for states under the State Innovation Models initiative, presentations by the CHW Workgroup members on settings and mechanisms of employing and deploying CHWs, planning of community forums inviting CHWs to discuss their roles in the healthcare system, and a report by an advisory group member on the National Community Health Worker Conference–UNITY 2014held May 20-23, 2014, Baltimore, Maryland. Information relating to the conference can be obtained athttp://www.cachw.org/unity