The Institute Receives over $500,000 to Expand Health Workforce Retraining Initiative Program

New York, NY (November 7, 2016) – The Institute for Family Health was recently awarded $536,360 in New York State funding over the next two years to expand its current Health Workforce Retraining Initiative (HWRI) Program in New York City and the Northern Metro regions. The overarching goals of this transformation are to improve health care quality, improve population health, and reduce health-care costs: the Triple Aim.

Since 2007, the Institute’s HWRI Program has trained thousands of workers at Institute sites as well as more than 60 partner organizations. The Institute will utilize expert training specialists to provide modular, interactive trainings to prepare health care workers to function effectively in collaborative, interdisciplinary health care teams. The trainees who will benefit from the program include entry level and mid-level health care workers, such as nurses, social workers, care managers, care navigators, patient service representatives, medical assistants and others.

“Health care delivery is undergoing rapid change, with a momentous shift from fee-for-service care toward a dynamic, outcomes-focused, valued-based system,” said Dr. Neil Calman, president and CEO of the Institute for Family Health. “With the expansion of this program, we can address the evolving needs of New York’s safety net health care workforce.”

“We’re delighted to partner again with NYS DOH to offer this accessible and relevant training program,” said Lisa Oldham, chief nursing officer and vice president for clinical operations at the Institute. “Additional training helps health care teams to continue to improve patient centered care, promote preventive care and reduce unnecessary emergency room visits.”

For more information on the Institute’s HWRI program, or to participate, contact Jenae Westover at 212-633-0800 x1354.