AHIMA Foundation and Partners Receive $7.1 million Apprenticeship Award

The AHIMA Foundation is part of a consortium that just received a $7.1 million award from the US Department of Labor (DoL) to help promote apprenticeships in health information management (HIM) and other related fields in the healthcare sector.

Alongside the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Informatics Association, and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the AHIMA Foundation is part of the Healthcare Workforce Consortium (HWC), which is positioned as healthcare sector intermediary for apprenticeships. The award received by the HWC is one of several award contracts totaling $20.4 million dispersed to 14 national industry intermediaries and national equity partners to expand apprenticeship opportunities in industries such as health informatics, HIM, health IT, and other healthcare professions, as well as construction, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, and communications technology, according to an AHIMA Foundation press release.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a national leader in this area. The AHIMA Foundation strongly believes that this ApprenticeshipUSA initiative and the American Apprenticeship Initiative will serve as a catalyst to create job opportunities and career pathways for those entering into and those seeking career advancement in all healthcare professions,” said William Rudman, PhD, RHIA, executive director of the AHIMA Foundation.

The awards are intended to support increasing demographic diversity and inclusion in apprenticeship among traditionally underrepresented populations.

The AHIMA Foundation was the recipient of another $4.9 million DoL grant in September 2015 that funded the “Managing the Talent Pipeline in Health Information” apprenticeship program. The program targeted 1,200 recent college graduates and working learners to provide an on-ramp to a healthcare data management career.

“The HWC has the unique ability to ensure programmatic success of this apprenticeship initiative with our strong understanding of workforce needs, labor markets, and curricula development and credentialing/certification along with our wide-reaching networks that cut across healthcare occupations and industry and provider settings,” said Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, president and CEO of AMIA, in a news release.

Mary Butler is the associate editor at The Journal of AHIMA.


  1. To Whom it May Concern:

    After reading your article regarding grants which you have received to provide apprenticeship programs to recent college graduates, I would like to know if there is any opportunity for me to benefit from the grant by enrolling into the Tumor Registry program through AHIMA. I have a vast knowledge of oncology, having been a medical transcriptionist for over 20 years now. I am familiar with many of the chemotherapeutic drugs and protocols as well as the terminology including grading and staging classifications. I will be graduating from an HIMT program December 15, 2016, after which I will sit for my RHIT certification and the CPC and CCS certifications. Ultimately, however, it is my desire to become a tumor registrar. I have looked into other online programs; however, I find the AHIMA program most interesting. I would be elated if I could receive financial aid through your grant program to become a Certified Tumor Registrar. You may contact at 678-426-8172 or via email at mtbyrenee@att.net. I look forward to hearing from someone in this regard.

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  2. I graduated May 2016 with an Associate of Applied Business in Office Administrative Services Degree. I earned my CCS-P certification on September 17 and have been actively applying for a position with numerous companies through AHIMA, only to be told 2-5 years experience is required. I am one of the first graduates to have an education based on ICD-10 and have CPT-4, E/M, and HCPCS coding experience from my education. I know the accuracy rate after the second quarter of this year for ICD-10 was up to 83% and I scored 85% on that portion of the CCS-P exam, showing I have the skills to do this job. How do I get started in this field? An apprenticeship seems to be the only way for me to be considered for a position, so is this program available to me?

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  3. I have 35 yrs experience as a claims examiner. I graduated from CCCC in Dec 2015 with a Medical Billing and Coding Certificate.I have worked at two hospitals for two yrs. I still could not pass the
    AHIMA CCS-P test!! How can I get assistance from this grant??

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  4. I have now obtained my RHIT certification (Aug 2017) but have yet to find a HIM position. My strong interest and best skills are in compliance, documentation integrity along with an interest in assisting patients with patient portals and understanding PHI. This apprenticeship would be a definite in-road to a HIM department at an outpatient, mid-large physician group, home care agency, LTC or mental health facility. How can I obtain more information about the selection process?

    Thank you for your assistance.

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