The Upper Peninsula Workforce Innovation Network (U.P. WIN) The Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) 909 Wilson Rd. B-218 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824 State Office of Rural Health mcrh.msu.edu Federal Funds Award Amount Requested - $1,443,813 Workforce Training Tracks – #1 Community Health Support & #3 Community Paramedicine John Barnas, Executive Director - MCRH Phone: (517) 432-9216 Email: email@example.com Elise Bur, Project Director Phone: (906) 227-6356 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Target Service Area: The Upper Peninsula of Michigan comprised of the following 15 counties: Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft. Network Partners: The Michigan Center for Rural Health, Northern Michigan University, Upper Peninsula Michigan Works, Upper Peninsula Area Health Education Center, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions, Everyday Life Consulting, UP Health System Marquette School of EMT, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness. Capacity to serve rural underserved populations: The overarching goal of the Upper Peninsula Workforce Innovation Network (U.P WIN) project is to increase the Community Health Worker (CHW) and Community Paramedicine (CP) workforce capacity by expanding and extending the reach of health professional workforce education, training, employment, and retention activities within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) region. U.P. WIN is a nine-partner Network addressing the healthcare workforce shortages of CHWs and CPs in the target service areas. The 15-county region prioritized for this project is entirely composed of HRSA-designated rural areas and is entirely designated as Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). U.P. WIN will focus on the following activities: • Develop and expand a Community Paramedicine d
elivery model in the U.P. The intent is to create a thriving education and training pipeline for EMT courses with the goal of supplying the staff needed to grow and sustain the model in the U.P.; • Leveraging EMT’s to address at-risk populations, manage patients with chronic disease in-home, and decrease hospital re-admissions, while avoiding unnecessary emergency department visits. EMT’s will provide value-based health screenings, population health related work and service referrals through this innovative Community Paramedicine care delivery model; • Increasing access to health care services as a result of increasing the Community Health Worker workforce in the region; • Identifying, educating, and providing cross-training opportunities for Community Health Workers; • Developing and expanding a sustainable Community Health Worker model. As Michigan’s State Office of Rural Health, the MCRH plays a key role in rural health care by assisting in the creation and implementation of partnerships among organizations, health departments, hospitals, government, and academia. These collaborations and alliances create new opportunities in the areas of network development, quality of care, emergency medical services, continuing education, and recruitment and retention of rural health care providers. The Project Director and Data Coordinator will be contracted to the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health based in Marquette, MI. Funding Preference: The Michigan Center for Rural Health is requesting a funding preference based on qualification 1. The entire Upper Peninsula region is officially designated as a Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). See Attachment 10 for more information. Special Consideration: The Michigan Center for Rural Health is requesting special consideration based on the inclusion of a signed MOU from all U.P. WIN network partners included in Attachment 11.