In 2013, CHCANYS committed to scale statewide a Medical Assistant training approach established in New York City from 2012 to 2013 that will train 200 incumbent workers for higher wage positions as medical assistants to help support New York State's implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This approach will assure that education and training programs are responsive to the needs of employers by facilitating strategic partnerships across Federally Qualified Health Centers, community colleges, and local and regional workforce training programs (including Workforce Investment Boards). CHCANYS will leverage the experience gained during the pilot program, including an in-depth approach to curriculum development, to successfully leverage Workforce Investment Act training funds to support student completion, and take into account lessons learned from challenges in the recruitment and scheduling of the implemented training program.
In addition, CHCANYS will bring the latest in health care sector workforce research findings to the program partners. While this program will be focused specifically on the training of medical assistants for FQHCs, it will strive to establish new strategic partnerships which will continue to evolve and respond to the employers' workforce needs at all levels in the changing health care sector as the elements of health care reform are implemented.
How does this commitment differ from, or expand upon, work you have previously done. For example, are you targeting a new geographic region or population, trying a new or unique strategy, leveraging new resources, or scaling up or replicating a proven model?
This program is the scaling up and replication of a an approach to bringing together FQHCs, community colleges, and workforce training programs undertaken in New York City in 2012 and 2013. It will implement the approach on a statewide basis in NY. As such it will establish new strategic workforce partnerships and leverage additional resources for the implementation of the approach, for the work of the partners to develop employer driven training and for support of the tuition of students entering the new training programs.
The overall plan for the implementation of the program to train Medical Assistants for FQHC employment in New York will be completed in one year beginning in October 2013. It will begin with the identification of five geographic areas in New York State representing urban, rural and mixed urban/rural areas where the required local organizations are in place, including FQHC(s), community college(s), and local and regional workforce training program(s)
October 11, 2013: Implementation partners will be confirmed and Memos of Understanding for roles will be obtained.
November 4, 2013: Five geographic areas in New York State will be identified for program implementation. Within each area contacts will be established with the required local and regional participant organizations.
December 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014: Implementation meetings will be conducted with local participant organizations. These meetings will include the review of curriculum & changes needed, leveraging training funds, to plan for implementation.
February 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014: Confirmation and announcements of training programs will be made for Spring, 2014. This will include details regarding the application process for admission & funding of students.
April 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014: The training programs will be offered, students will be enrolled and taking classes.
September 2014: The evaluation of the program will be conducted through a review of the steps and deliverables.
CHCANYS' purpose is to ensure that all New Yorkers who need care, including those who are medically underserved, have continuous access to high quality community-based comprehensive primary care, regardless of their ability to pay. As New York State's Primary Care Association, CHCANYS works closely with more than 60 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that operate over 600 sites across the state serving 1.5 million New Yorkers. FQHCs are at the center of both Federal and State health care reform strategies, and successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will require expanded primary care capacity. In New York, the approximately 60 FQHCs are expected to double their capacity and serve nearly 3 million New Yorkers by 2015.
FQHCs must be able to recruit and retain a robust workforce to meet these expanding needs as new multidisciplinary care team delivery models are central to providing quality care to significantly more patients. Educational institutions will need to embed the FQHC model and its principles for quality primary care into their training programs at all levels. A 2011 study of the Community Health Center Workforce in New York identified Medical Assistants as the largest job category in FQHCs with an average of 11 per health center and with 20% of health centers anticipating adding positions. In 2012, CHCANYS led a program to inform and promote revision of the City University of New York (CUNY) Medical Assistant program curriculum to make it more responsive to FQHC employer needs. Also, CHCANYS worked with the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH) and the New York City Department of Small Business Services to identify support for training grants. These grants pay the tuition for workers from FQHCs to enroll in this Medical Assistant training program. CHCANYS' commitment is to expand this model of employer driven training throughout New York.