CHA News Article

Health Careers Training and Workforce Development Grants Available

The Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is now accepting applications for its Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals grants. The $2 million in grants will be available from Sept. 1, 2014, through Aug. 31, 2017, to train and expand the health paraprofessional workforce to meet community employment needs. Particular focus will be given to team-based care and to promoting a career ladder for those trained through career coaching and placement partnership with the community, especially in rural and underserved areas. The deadline to apply is July 16. Interested applicants can visit HRSA’s grant opportunity site for more information.

HRSA seeks to train approximately 750 health paraprofessionals per year through the program. Paraprofessional certificate training programs may include care coordinator, community health worker, dental assistant, home health aide, medical assistant, patient navigator, outreach worker, promotora, and other health paraprofessionals that correspond to the needs identified in an applicant’s health paraprofessional employment needs assessment and Labor Market Information analysis specific to the geographic region proposed.

Authorized in 1972, HCOP provides grants to eligible accredited health professions schools and public and private nonprofit health or educational entities. Its goal is to provide students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills they need to successfully compete for, enter and graduate from health or allied health professions schools.