Project Abstract Funding Amount Requested: $3,000,000 for three years Project Title: ASPIN Community Health Worker Training Program (ACHWTP) Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-22-124 Applicant Organization: Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana, Inc. d/b/a ASPIN Address: 850 N. Harrison Street Warsaw, IN 46580-3163 Project Contact: Kathy Cook, CEO Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Project Director: Tiffany Hamilton Email: email@example.com Contact Phone: 317-471-1890 Fax: 317-735-0019 Website: www.aspin.org Overview: Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana d/b/a/ ASPIN is a network of community-based safety net mental health and primary care providers serving the state of Indiana. ASPIN has over 13 years of experience training Community Health Workers (CHW), certifying over 1,400 CHWs. This program will train 210 CHWS over three years, building on ASPIN’s two established HRSA Grant Apprenticeship Programs by providing additional training to CHWs and focusing on counties with Latino/a/x and African American/Black underserved minority communities. There are six counties in Indiana with a higher percent Black population than the Indiana average: Allen, Lake, LaPorte, Marion, St. Joseph, and Vanderburgh counties. There are 16 counties in Indiana with a higher percent Hispanic population than the Indiana average Measurable Objectives Goal 1: ASPIN will leverage its long-standing state and federally certified CHW program to significantly expand CHWs in the workforce by training 70 new CHWs annually throughout the state of Indiana with a focus on working in the Latino/a/x and African American/Black communities. Measurable objectives: Recruit and train new CHWs by enrolling them in ASPIN’s CHW training, built on state and national core competencies. Reduce barriers to entry for the CHW profession by providing stipends and educational materials to students. Goal 2: ASPIN will increase the skills and competencies of existing CHWs by upskilling 23
current CHWs each year of the grant by additional training in health equity topics. Measurable objectives: Provide additional training to current CHWs through ASPIN’s existing chronic care, substance use, and domestic violence CHW trainings, built on state and national core competencies. Enhance current ASPIN CHW curriculum to include emergency response education, prevention, treatment, and vaccine hesitancy research. Goal 3: ASPIN will increase network of 19 current apprenticeship/field placement partners to 22 and place 18 CHW students in an apprenticeship/field placement per grant year with a prioritizing the Hispanic and Latino/a/x and African American/Black, underserved minority communities throughout the state. Measurable objectives: Implement hands-on, community-based partnerships in underserved communities for CHW apprenticeships/field placements. Provide job placement services and on-the-job experiential training through ASPIN’s existing Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program. Goal 4: ASPIN will place 25% of CHW students in field placements and apprenticeships annually in underserved communities to advance health equity and reduce health disparities. Measurable objectives: Address critical gaps in public health and community needs by placing CHW students in field placements/apprenticeships in communities disproportionately burdened by COVID-19, health inequities, limited access to technology, and social determinants of health. Recruit, train, and provide job placement services to individuals who will work as CHWs in underserved minority communities. Prioritize Latino/a/x and African Americans in underserved minority communities in recruitment, training, and job placement as CHWs. Clinical Priorities Addressed: Behavioral Health, Opioid/Substance Use Disorder, Intimate Partner Violence, Rural Health, COVID-19, and Health Equity Funding Preference: ASPIN requests funding preference meeting Qualification 1 & 2.