Address: Northern Kentucky University 1 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099 PI: Valerie Hardcastle Phone: 859-572-5376 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://nku.edu/ihi Grant Program Funds Requested: $2,876,377 Requesting Funding Priority: serving individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and graduating large proportions of individuals who serve in underserved communities Northern Kentucky University (NKU) will lead an innovative effort to increase the number of health support personnel assisting individuals in underserved communities in Northern Kentucky (NKY) by expanding and growing its Human Services and Addiction (HSR) program, thereby reducing health disparities. This project will achieve these goals by meeting the following objectives: (1) reducing the financial barriers for trainees through scholarship and stipend support; (2) expanding specialized didactic education on health equity, SDOH, and emergency preparedness; (3) increasing trainee in-service placements in health-related positions that focus on high-need individuals in underserved areas in collaboration with regional partners; (4) increasing the number of financially supported CHWTP trainees to 38 annually, those who complete an apprenticeship to 11 annually, and those receiving financially support CEU training to 12 annually; (5) recruiting students committed to serving in high need and medically underserved areas after program completion. To accomplish project objectives, we will leverage regional experts, current partnerships, and on-going collaborations. Seven of the eight counties in NKY contain designated MUAs, HPSAs, or FQHCs, and the counties’ health-related measurements are substantially below national averages. In addition, there are extensive gaps in the continuum of health-related care, especially in the behavioral health domains. Training and hiring health support workers to work as members in multidisciplinary health care teams represent a cost-effec
tive and efficient healthcare solution for the under-resourced NKY region. Underserved individuals or families can receive support from trained health support workers who will help connect families to resources and aid in health care navigation. Moreover, the healthcare ecosystem would get a trained, effective workforce that pushes providers beyond the basic outcomes of improved health to include decreased housing instability, food insecurity, incarceration, unemployment, and hospitalization. Importantly, as well, increasing health support will promote a Culture of Health and disrupt generational patterns of behavior that have led to increasingly poor health outcomes. We request a funding preference for serving individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and graduating large proportions of individuals who serve in underserved communities We request a total amount of $2,876,377.