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.