AHIMA Foundation Receives Federal Grant to Foster Data Management Apprenticeships

Those looking to break into an emerging health information management (HIM) or health IT career could soon receive help from a multimillion dollar grant awarded to the AHIMA Foundation on Wednesday by the US Department of Labor.

Focused on expanding apprenticeships, the $4.9 million grant will fund the “Managing the Talent Pipeline in Health Information” apprenticeship program—which will target 1,200 recent college graduates and working learners to provide an on-ramp to a healthcare data management career.

The grant was announced by President Obama in Warren, MI as part of a series of initiatives aimed at improving affordable access to college and growing the number of apprenticeships that lead to well-paying jobs in the US.

The AHIMA Foundation’s grant was awarded as part of the $175 million “American Apprenticeship Grants” program announced by the President on Wednesday and distributed to 46 public-private partnerships that “marry the efforts of employers, organized labor, non-profits, local government, and educational institutions to expand high-quality apprenticeships,” according to a White House press release. The winning grantees have pledged to train and hire more than 34,000 new apprentices in high-growth and high-tech industries including healthcare, IT, and advanced manufacturing over the next five years.

The AHIMA Foundation’s Managing the Talent Pipeline in Health Information will be a national program that works with healthcare employers ranging from Banner Health to the Seattle Children’s Hospital. The goal of the program is to use competency-based, on-the-job apprenticeship training programs in healthcare informatics to help recent college graduates and career changers break into well-paying healthcare data management careers.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to help so many qualified people find a role in health information management,” said William Rudman, PhD, RHIA, executive director of the AHIMA Foundation and AHIMA vice president of education visioning. “This program benefits not only our participants, but also the healthcare industry across the country that will have well-qualified employees to meet the increasing needs for health information.”

The Managing the Talent Pipeline program is now accepting applications for both employer sponsors and potential apprentices at ahimafoundation.org.

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