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HIT Workforce Program Funding Opportunity from the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP)

The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2013 Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program (Announcement number: HRSA-13-251).  The purpose of this one-time funding opportunity is to support formal rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists.  This program will 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. Funded projects will have rural health networks partner with an accredited rural or rural-serving educational institution, such as a community, technical, or vocational college.  The educational institution must either have an established HIT curriculum or be in the process of developing one at the time of submission.  They must also demonstrate how the curriculum aligns with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) modules.  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 and meet EHR meaningful use standards.

Applicants may propose funding for up to 3-years starting from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2016.  Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $300,000 per year.  Further information regarding the funding amounts is in the announcement.  ORHP expects to fund between 10-15 grantees.

To access and download the funding announcement, please click on:

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=3WSQRpBLVMTDywfrWbMhfKv4VvvGlddMq6KgpBJVvfrQ6MsqH5Jp!1848300817?oppId=220976&mode=VIEW

Link to Apply:

http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/jsf/downloadApplicationPackage.faces?id=164970

The deadline to submit an application in www.grants.gov is April 15, 2013.  ORHP strongly recommends that applicants submit their applications prior to the due date to avoid any technological problems.  All applications have to be submitted electronically in www.grants.gov.  There will be a technical assistance call on February 28th, 2013 (Thursday) at 2:00 PM EST to assist applicants in preparing their applications.  The toll-free number to call in is1- 888-831-8961.   The Passcode is HIT WORKFORCE.  Please dial in 10 minutes before call is to begin.  The leader’s name is Janice.  The Technical Assistance call will be recorded and available for playback within one hour of the end of the call and will be available until April 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM (CT). To access the playback, please call: 1- 402-998-1566; no Passcode is needed.

For further information on the program, please contact Janice Mompoint, jmompoint@hrsa.gov or 301-443-8344.

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