In 2013, the H2P Consortium committed to scale its competency-based, industry recognized healthcare core curriculum with stackable credentials to 100 additional community colleges in order to continue the work of the Consortium post-TAACCCT grant completion and to galvanize a national movement to improve healthcare education by scaling these pathway innovations.
The competency-based core curriculum for healthcare workers was identified as a key TAACCCT grant deliverable and the H2P Consortium is developing a curriculum that can be adapted for national replication. In order to build on the nine community colleges that are already part of the consortium, H2P will recruit 100 additional community colleges post-completion of the grant via regional core curriculum institutes that will instruct teams of community college faculty and leadership along with their workforce representatives on the customization of the core curriculum model for their community. These target colleges would be representative of all geographic regions, and H2P would use the Health Professions Network (NN2), to assist in marketing and selecting key colleges who are interested by co-launching the selection process. Also, H2P will train teams of core curriculum experts from the Consortium to provide ongoing technical assistance and support to the new community college collaboratives.
Additionally, two summits are planned in 2014 to share best practices around the competency-based core curriculum and to launch the scaling to additional education and workforce partners.
H2P National Advisory Council and additional national organizations are supporting a dissemination plan, including National Network of Health Career Programs in Two Year Colleges, Health Professions Network (NN2), National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Additionally, H2P partners, Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL), Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) and iSeek Solutions provide technical expertise on pathway innovation and implementation.
H2P Consortium will need to hire a team to implement the Scaling Institutes, coordinate TA provision and monitor outcomes, including one to two fulltime staff members and five to six part-time consultants.
October 2013-October 2016: Further development of creative open source on-line tools in gaming, simulation, and 3D imaging to supplement healthcare core curriculum and credential development. Specific focus on entry level credentials needed for the changing health care market such as the health care coordinator, and patient navigator as well as existing certificates such as Community Health Worker and Medical Assistant that are projected to be needed in greater numbers as the ACA is implemented.
March 2014: Hold a summit on Community College/Workforce Partnerships in collaboration with NAWB in Washington D.C.
September 2014: Hold a summit to share healthcare core competency/curriculum development in conjunction with NN2 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.
September 2014 to September 2016: An additional 100 non-H2P schools agree to scale innovations in core curriculum and working with workforce to improve healthcare training a series of Institutes will be planned and implemented throughout the United States to assist community colleges and their employer partners in developing competency based core curriculum and effective career pathways. Each College Team will be assigned a mentor from H2P to assist them in implementation.
October 2014: All courses and curriculum will be available via Open Source with Creative Commons Attribution License.
Data collected for all participants, analyzed and reported by OCCRL and Consortium. Final evaluation report will be available in early 2015 to be used as a foundation for future dissemination of best practices. This data will be foundational in providing the evidence based support for implementing core curriculum
Founded in October 2011, the Health Professions Pathways (H2P) Consortium has been implementing innovations focused on the improvement of healthcare education outcomes for displaced workers, veterans, and low-skilled individuals with the award of a DOL TAACCCT grant to 9 community colleges from 5 states. Eight core strategies are in the process of being implemented to create new pathways that are developed and enhanced through employer, education, and workforce partnerships. These pathways have been designed to assure that the education process is purposefully integrated with employment needs and requirements. The redesigned health pathways implement career assessments and credit for prior learning, contextualized education, and competency-based core curriculum that integrates stackable credentials leading to certificates and degrees. Pathway students are provided wraparound advising and support that facilitates entry into or upward mobility within the healthcare workforce.
H2P community colleges are implementing new pathway models in ways that reflect the individual nuances within their regional communities for a total of 87 Programs of Study representing three areas of healthcare employment- Diagnostic, Informatics, and Therapeutic; for over 3,000 participants from October 1, 2011-September 30, 2014.
There are, however, common themes, practices, and learning that are being collected and evaluated. A strategy for national dissemination is now being planned which includes, but is not limited to, open source licensing of courses and curriculum, national summits, white papers, and partner collaboration. The Consortium plans to successfully scale these important innovations nationally.
Seeking partners and financial resources to support our healthcare core curriculum institutes and subject matter experts offering technical assistance to colleges and their workforce systems. These resources provide an effective process to facilitate successful implementation of meaningful health care core curriculum to their communities.
Expertise in competency based health care core curriculum and technical expertise in the development, implementation and scaling of health care core to colleges and their workforce systems.
Best practices and examples of core curriculum, on-line core curriculum modules available via Open Educational Resources (OER).