Workforce Initiative.

The RCHN Community Health Foundation (the “Foundation”) is pleased to announce a second cycle of grant funding focused on recruitment, training and retention of entry-level staff in health centers. Federally qualified community health centers and designated look-alikes are eligible to apply for this award. The Foundation expects to fund up to five (5) awards under this RFP, with an approximate amount of about $200,000.00 per award. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday October 31, 2012. Award announcements are expected to be made in late December 2012.

Workforce requirements, supply, and shortages have been important and ongoing considerations for the health care industry. National health reform efforts through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will expand the number of individuals with health insurance in the United States, and bring heightened focus to the need for primary care access. This, in turn, is expected to increase demand for health care services and drive the need for additional providers and expanded capacity. The increase in both access points and providers, including physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, will be accompanied by an increased need for all levels of staff, including mid- and entry-level workers. Yet recruitment and retention remain substantial challenges, especially with respect to entry-level administrative, clinical, and allied health workers trained to meet the growing demand for care. Helping CHCs to address these challenges quickly, effectively, and creatively is the objective of the Foundation’s initiative.

Request for Proposals
This request for proposals (“RFP”) describes the Foundation’s grant initiative in the area of workforce and training. We invite eligible health center applicants to apply for funds to support the development and implementation of recruitment, training and retention programs focused on entry-level staff. RCHN CHF is interested in funding proposals that develop recruitment and retention initiatives across the full spectrum of entry-level workforce positions including administrative, clinical, and allied health workers. In addition, we are especially interested in local models that may be applicable to or replicated in broader geographies. The full RFP guidance is available below.

About the Foundation
Formed in 2005, the RCHN Community Health Foundation is a not-for-profit operating foundation whose mission is to support and benefit the work of community health centers nationally. RCHN CHF is the only foundation in the country devoted exclusively to community health centers, the local, non-profit, community-governed health care providers that offer comprehensive primary and preventive care to underserved populations.

RCHN CHF focuses on initiatives to drive positive sustainable change for the community health center market. The Foundation concentrates its programmatic work on issues related to health care access and center stability, health information technology, and other areas of importance to the health center community. Through strategic investments and outreach, education, and policy research, RCHN CHF is helping to address community health centers’ primary challenges and establish opportunities to sustain health centers in the future.

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