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, rural clerkships through hands-on experiences with member rural and critical access hospitals and clinics; training, certification, and retention of health sciences professionals in rural Indiana. There are three core components of IRWIN: (1) a rural clerkship program (2) a new rural health course; and (3) job placement assistance for allied health professions graduates. This is accomplished through a partnership with the Indiana Rural Health Association, WhiteBark Health Academy Learning Management System, Universities providing undergraduate 4-year and graduate programs, 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 to participate in the rural health course and clerkship training
- IRWIN participants to seek and secure employment in rural settings with industry-validated credentials.
“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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