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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Proposals for health professions workforce funding now being accepted

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In an effort to improve the numbers and distribution of the health professions workforce, the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC) announces requests for proposals from healthcare programs located in a 10-county region in southern Indiana. Proposals to improve the diversity of the health profession workforce and to improve the quality of health professions education and healthcare services in Indiana are other areas of interest for SWI-AHEC funding. All proposals are due by Friday, September 30.

Applications should address the following objectives:

Offer career programs about healthcare professions for K-12 and college students with special emphasis on underrepresented minority and disadvantage pre-college and college students.

Provide health professions student learning opportunities in medically underserved communities through Interdisciplinary student clinical and service learning experiences.

Enhance access to continuing education and clinical information resources for professionals caring for medically underserved communities.

"These grants offer opportunities for area agencies to increase and support the development of a diverse healthcare workforce to provide access and high quality healthcare to meet the needs of the Southwest Indiana region," said Dr. Nadine Coudret, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana.

Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties are in the service area of SWI-AHEC, and healthcare facilities and educational programs in those counties are eligible to submit a proposal.

More details about the funding and the application process are available online at www.health.usi.edu/swiahec. The site has a link to the application. Deadline for the proposals is Friday, September 30, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by October 21, 2011. Project funds must be expended with major activities completed before July 31, 2012. Questions about the proposals can be directed to Jennifer L. Williams, 812/461-5446 or email jlcraig3@usi.edu.

SWI-AHEC is part of the Indiana AHEC network whose mission is to improve health by recruiting, educating, and retaining, a diverse and qualified health professions workforce. SWI-AHEC is located in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana, which has entered into an agreement with Indiana University for the program.



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