Project Title: Rural Telementoring Training Center. Applicant Organization Name: The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Address: 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107; Project Director Name: Waridibo Allison MD PhD; Contact Phone Numbers: Voice: 817-735-5187, Fax: 817-735-0375; Email: email@example.com Funding amounts requested per project performance year: Year 1: $750,000; Year 2: $750,000; Year 3: $749,999 SUMMARY The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth will lead a collaborative group of organizations to maintain, further develop and sustain a training and technical assistance program for academic medical centers or other centers of excellence to create or expand technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building (telementoring) models to support rural health care providers, enhance health care outcomes for rural patients and improve rural health care. PROJECT GOALS AND PROPOSED SERVICES GOAL 1: To plan delivery of nationwide training and technical assistance to academic medical centers and other centers of excellence on telementoring (TM) that meets rural population needs for disease specific clinical practice, for health promotion and for workforce development. Objective 1a – To maintain, sustain and improve a Rural Telementoring Training Center (RTTC) that has national reach. Objective 1b – To train academic medical centers and other centers of excellence via the RTTC to utilize a multimodal array of TM practices to meet specific health care needs of rural populations. Objective 1c –To provide comprehensive tailored technical assistance via the RTTC utilizing evidence-based professional education and adult learning theory approaches. Objective 1d – To maintain and refine existing and build new telementoring resources and curricula within an existing national repository GOAL 2: To promote telementoring best practices to increase their viability in rural areas.
Objective 2a – To leverage an existing national network, inclusive of established relationships and proven reputation among rural telementoring stake holders, to identify opportunities to participate in promotion activities with national reach. Objective 2b – To utilize evidence-based implementation science frameworks to inform administrative support strategies, replicability and sustainability of TM programs/models. Objective 2c – To facilitate collaborative relationships across the nation to promote idea incubation and emergence of innovative TM models applicable to rural populations. GOAL 3: To utilize established RTTC infrastructure to support evaluation of rural health TM services by improving existing and developing new TM program evaluation tools. Objective 3a – To refine and expand existing and define new measures of quality across multiple TM models to facilitate promotion of best practices and quality improvement. Objective 3b – To maintain, update and expand an existing standardized TM learning program data set and evaluation toolkit to facilitate evaluation of TM models/programs and pooling of evaluation data on a national scale. Objective 3c - To develop and share in a toolkit format, measures and strategies to evaluate and demonstrate return on investment or cost savings for rural TM programs. Objective 3d – To provide TM evaluation specific technical assistance. GOAL 4: To utilize established RTTC infrastructure to disseminate information about TM programs and rural TM materials and resources developed from meetings, training activities or workgroups. Objective 4a – To refine and expand an existing systematic active and passive dissemination plan and strategy with national reach. Objective 4b – To identify and engage key stakeholder organizations with national networks to share and systematically disseminate information on emerging rural telementoring policy issues. Objective 4c – To ensure free, widely available, public access to all developed resour