Los Rios Community College District To Lead Health IT Consortium
Los Rios Community College District has received a $5.4 million grant from HHS to lead a consortium of 14 community colleges in establishing non-degree training programs in health information technology, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.
Los Rios is one of five community college districts nationwide selected to set up health IT training programs that can be completed in six months or less.
Funds for the grants come from the 2009 federal economic stimulus package.
The Los Rios-based consortium plans to work with UC-Davis' health informatics program to develop classes and curriculum in health IT training (Sacramento Business Journal, 4/6).
Each participating community college must enroll at least 150 students in the program, for a total of 2,100 participants consortium-wide.
The grant also calls for the community colleges to connect people who finish the health IT training programs with job opportunities.
The grant calls for the colleges to implement the health IT training programs by Sept. 30.
Officials expect the grant to be extended for a second year and provide an additional $5.3 million for the Los Rios-based consortium (Locke, Sacramento Bee, 4/7).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.