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IRWIN Mission

The Indiana Rural Workforce Innovation Network (IRWIN) has established the necessary infrastructure to develop a skilled health sciences professions workforce in rural areas. IRWIN includes three experienced and accomplished members with statewide presence and connections: Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA), Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (Ivy Tech) and Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC). Together, IRHA, Ivy Tech, and the RHIC, along with supportive and engaged partnerships with several other stakeholder organizations, will provide rural workers access to the relevant health sciences professions skills, experience and certification necessary to catalyze a high-quality, safe and cost-efficient 21st Century health care environment. (Press Release August 2015)

Mission: The Indiana Rural Workforce Innovation Network (IRWIN) strives to become a sustainable, rural-focused workforce network that recruits motivated students, delivers health sciences professions education and training, facilitates meaningful clinical rotations, and places graduates in rural health sciences professions jobs.

Vision: The Indiana Rural Workforce Innovation Network (IRWIN) will provide rural employers with access to health sciences professions students with the skills, experience, and education necessary to catalyze a high-quality, safe and cost-efficient 21st Century rural health care environment.

Purpose: The purpose of the IRWIN is to address an identified workforce challenge in rural Indiana for skilled, certified, health sciences professionals.

In response to the need for more, and more robust, clinical training experiences for health sciences professionals, the first component of the IRWIN initiative is to provide in-depth clinical rotations in rural areas for students during the clinical portion of their programs. The clinical rotations are intended to provide real-world health sciences professions experience in a rural health care setting that is consistent with the student’s area of study and career goals and under the supervision preceptors in partnership with IRWIN staff.

The Medical Laboratory Technology and Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs are the main focuses during the three-year grant period in order to provide in-depth experiences in select, high need areas while developing a scalable, replicable model for other Ivy Tech health sciences programs.

Clinical rotations will be designed to last one semester each, and students will be provided with a $250 scholarships upon successful completion. Completion includes a commitment to sit for industry-specific credentialing exams following graduation.

For more information contact Cindy Large at clarge@indianarha.org.

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