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Indiana Rural Workforce Innovation Network

The overarching goal of the Indiana Rural Workforce Innovation Network (IRWIN) is to improve the quality of health care services and strengthen the rural health care system in Indiana by improving the recruitment, clinical training, certification, and retention of health sciences professionals in rural Indiana. There are three core components of IRWIN: (1) a clinical rotation program for two cohorts of 15 students each within the targeted disciplines of Medical Laboratory Technology and Diagnostic Medical Sonography; (2) a rural health elective course offered by Ivy Tech Community College; and (3) job placement assistance for health science graduates. This is accomplished through a partnership with the Indiana Rural Health Association, Ivy Tech Community College, and the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative funded through a HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy grant #G04RH28695.

 Specific goals of the IRWIN project are to:

  • Establish a sustainable, replicable model of training health sciences students in rural areas through a mature network of rural hospitals in partnership with the state’s community college system
  • Encourage health sciences professional students to explore employment opportunities in rural settings and educate students in these settings through incentives to participate in the rural health elective and hands-on, rural clinical training
  • IRWIN participants to seek and secure employment in rural settings with industry-validated credentials.

The IRWIN serves three populations: current and recent graduates of Ivy Tech health sciences students; veterans and dislocated workers seeking a career in health sciences professions, who resides in, or is interested in, relocating to rural areas in Indiana. The IRWIN will impact all of Ivy Tech’s health sciences programs (including Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Paramedic Science, Physical Therapy Assistant, Nursing, Health Information Imaging Sciences, Medical Assisting, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology), with an immediate focus on clinical rotations focused on Medical Laboratory Technology and Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

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

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number G04RH28695, Rural Allied Health Professions Workforce Program.  This HRSA grant is funded 100% through HRSA funding in the amount of $300,000 annually for 3 years through August 31, 2018. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”

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