Healthcare Workforce Transformation Projects As part of Rhode Island's Health System Transformation Project (HSTP), RI Medicaid has established a partnership with the University of Rhode Island (URI), Rhode Island College (RIC), the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), and the Rhode Island Department of Health to develop healthcare workforce education initiatives that support the establishment of Accountable Entities and address the priorities and strategies identified in the EOHHS Healthcare Workforce Transformation Report. Below is a brief description of current HSTP-funded Healthcare Workforce Transformation Projects at CCRI, RIC, RIDOH and URI as of July 1, 2019. Community College of Rhode Island Healthcare Workforce Transformation Projects Career Pathways Initiative Budget: $65,875 Lead: Dr.Hilary Jansson, Dean of Health and Rehab Services Description: This project will develop materials and outreach programs to increase healthcare career awareness among high schoolers, job trainees, and healthcare employees. Interprofessional Education Initiative Budget: $108,184 Lead: Dr.Hilary Jansson, Dean of Health and Rehab Services Description: This project will design, plan, and implement a module-based teamwork and interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum for all health science students at CCRI. Continuing Education Budget: $599,755 Lead: Dr.Jeanne McColl, Assistant Dean of Nurse Education Description: This project will implement continuing education workshops and webinars that focus on integrating behavioral health, physical health, oral health, and long-term care for health sciences students at CCRI and health science workers in the community. Supporting Diversity in Nursing Budget: $110,544 Lead: Dr.Jeanne McColl, Assistant Dean of Nurse Education Description: This project forms a partnership agreement between CCRI and the Rhode Island Nursing Institute Middle College Charter High School (RINI) which will increase the cultural and linguistic diversity of the nursing workforce by introducing RINI students to the CCRI nursing pathway. Rhode Island College Healthcare Workforce Transformation Projects Assessing Health Literacy in RI and Building Health Literacy Skills in Vulnerable Populations and the Health Care Professionals Who Serve Them Budget: $211,903 Leads: Dr. Carol Cummings, Associate Professor of Community Health and Wellness at RIC and Dr. Mary (Molly) Greaney, Associate Professor of Health Studies at URI Description: In year one of this project RIC will measure and report on health literacy among RI Medicaid beneficiaries. Years two and three will expand the assessment and pilot interventions to build health literacy skills in Medicaid beneficiaries and the healthcare workforce. Establishing a five-year BSW/MSW program Budget: $125,614 Leads: Dr.Jennifer Meade, Associate Professor, MSW program and Dr. Wendy Becker, Associate Professor and Chair, BSW program Description: This project will develop a research-based curriculum and launch a five-year BSW/MSW program that will create a more informed and diverse workforce to better meet the needs of Medicaid beneficiaries and other populations seeking healthcare. Disseminating Eating Disorders Education and Treatment Across Multiple Levels of Care: Improving Access in the Rhode Island Medicaid Population Budget: $460,854 Leads: Dr. Lisa Tortolani, Assistant Professor at RIC and Clinical Director for the Master’s in Counseling Program (LMHC), and Dr. Andrea Goldschmidt, faculty member at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at the Miriam Hospital Description: This project will develop training opportunities for master’s-level and pre-doctoral psychology students in evidence-based assessment and treatment of adolescent eating disorders (EDs) and provide the healthcare workforce with the knowledge and competence to recognize early symptoms of and intervention strategies for EDs. Developing a Trauma Certificate Program as a Continuing Education Opportunity Budget: $29,058 Leads: Daniel Harvey, MSW, Assistant Professor MSW Program Description: This project will create ten full-day and two half-day Learning Modules to expand into an interprofessional targeted series of workshops using existing evidence-based knowledge supporting assessment and treatment techniques for remediation of the after effects of traumatic life events. Intergenerational Program to Support Older Adults in the Community Budget: $111,325 Leads: Dr. Sharon Galloway, RIC School of Nursing Description: This project will pilot an intergenerational service learning course intended to identify and address the unmet needs of older adults striving to age in place within the community. Students matched with older adults will identify the needs of these adults while providing patient centered care and arranging the coordination and provision of resources and services from community agencies for these adults. Rhode Island Department of Health Workforce Transformation Projects Rhode Island Health Education Exchange (RIHEE) Budget: $418,255 Lead: Laurie Leonard, Director, RIDOH Academic Institute Description: This project will develop an online resource of content-specific for-credit, not-for-credit, and continuing education training modules and opportunities that can be delivered in the classroom, workplace, and/or online. Availability of this information will assure that current and future health professionals employed by RI's Accountable Entities (AE) understand and apply health system transformation core concepts in their interactions with beneficiaries of the RI Medicaid Program. Rhode Island Public Health Experiential Learning Program (RI-PHELP) Budget: $218,421 Leads: Laurie Leonard, Director, RIDOH Academic Institute Description: This project will expand RIDOH's public health experiential learning program. The expansion will provide more opportunities for students to become conversant in the social determinants of health and other methods for extending care beyond the walls of the doctor's office. These experiential opportunities support the development and sustainability of accountable entities through improved future employee knowledge, skills and abilities related to the HSTP core concepts, which include social determinants of health, health equity, health disparities, population health, data analytics, the integration of physical, behavioral, and oral health, long-term care, value-based payments, and care management. University of Rhode Island Healthcare Workforce Transformation Projects URI Academic Collaborations Officer Embedded at Department of Health College of Pharmacy Budget: $60,481 Lead: Dr.Jeffrey Bratberg, PharmD, URI Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Description: This project will create public health scholar opportunities at RIDOH for 10-15 pharmacy and other health professional students with an emphasis on interprofessional teams working on public health projects. Interprofessional Team Education and Evaluation Budget: $268,625 Lead: Dr.Phillip Clark, Director of Gerontology Program Description: This project will create an interprofessional training program to educate students from all URI health professions programs, train community-based preceptors, and develop faculty expertise in Interprofessional Education (IPE). Enhancement of a Home-Based Primary Care Program Budget: $152,909 Lead: Dr.Denise Coppa, Associate Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate programs, College of Nursing Description: This project will augment the current curriculum for all nurse practitioner students by creating and utilizing in-class home based primary care simulation exercises. Teach Healthcare Management Core Concepts of Health System and Practice Transformation Budget: $47,206 Lead: Dr.Kathryn Jervis, Professor, Accounting Description: This project will modify four existing graduate courses and develop three additional graduate courses to teach the application of business skills in health care environments. Students will learn quality improvement, process measurement, leadership, administration, accounting, finance, marketing, and information technology concepts utilized in health care decisions. A Center of Excellence for Interprofessional Continuing Education Budget: $204,498.50 Lead: Dr.Mary-Jane Kanaczet, Director, Continuing Professional Development Programming Description: This project will develop a Social Determinants of Health interprofessional continuing education program and establish an accredited Center for Interprofessional Continuing Education at URI. The RI Generating Healthcare Transformation (RIGHT) Project Budget: $150,470 Lead: Dr.Kathleen Melanson, Professor, Nutrition and Food Sciences Description: This project will create a RIGHT (RI Generating Healthcare Transformation) Fellowship to train 15-20 culturally-diverse future health professionals with practical skills and critical thinking, preparing them to address vital health challenges, with particular focus on Medicaid populations. Emphasis will be placed on cultural diversity, interdisciplinary approaches, and career guidance. Developing and Training Health Professionals in Rhode Island Communities Budget: $85,193 Lead: Dr.Brian Quilliam, Associate Dean, College of Health Sciences Description : This project will develop experiential Interprofessional Education and Collaboration (IPEC) opportunities for 100 health professions students in 10 community-based sites and will outreach middle and high school students to increase their knowledge of health professions and educational paths for health careers. Health System Transformation Concepts: A self-paced virtual learning tool for RI’s health workforce Budget: $119,512 Lead: Dr.Betty Rambur, Professor, Nursing Description: This project will develop a series of eleven online webinars to educate the current health workforce about the significance of value-based payments, care management, social determinants of health, health equity, population health, data analytics, and related topics. 5-Year Master’s Degree in Mental and Behavioral Health Counseling Budget: $61,538 Lead: Dr. MarkRobbins, Department Chair, Psychology Description: This project will develop a 5-year Masters in Mental and Behavioral Health Counseling to meet the workforce needs of RI employers and the mental and behavioral health needs of Rhode Islanders. Interprofessional Workforce Development Budget: $138,015 Lead: Dr. Lynda Stein, Professor, Psychology Description : BHDDH and EOHHS staff, and URI faculty and students will conduct integrated, team-based, data-driven research to assess system effectiveness and efficiency, preparing students to practice integrated team-based care at a higher data-driven level that plans for state needs. Nurses for Obesity Prevention: A need for education Budget: $66,683 Lead: Dr. Alison Tovar, Associate Professor, Nutrition and Food Sciences Description: This project will develop a childhood obesity prevention curriculum for senior nursing students that includes a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities to increase knowledge of childhood obesity prevention and skills to interact with patients in their practice.