C3w+ Program

Why did CommHIT create the Community Connected Care Workforce Program (C3w+)?

Rural Florida needs a flexible, strong workforce that can meet the demands of the COVID-affected environment. This environment is one that requires:

  1. Greater use of technology, which results in an increased cybersecurity burden and an increased need for skilled tech workforce.
  2. Increased non-emergency community health workforce (e.g., community paramedicine, CHWs) to help people get to social resources and navigate the healthcare system cost-effectively.

Through Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program, CommHIT received a federal grant to address these very needs with key experts and rural safety net facilities across Florida.

What’s the strategy?

C3w+ serves rural communities by providing training and credentials to upskill current and potential workers, help rural health organizations, address workforce shortage, and bolster digital literacy and security by focusing on the development of health technology, community paramedicine, and community health workers.

The C3w+ vision is to create a strong, flexible technology and healthcare workforce that serves rural Florida day-to-day and in public health emergencies.

The end goal is for Community Paramedicine-Mobile Integrated Health (CP-MIH) workers, Community Health Workers (CHWs), and non-emergency transporters to become an indispensable part of the community and have opportunities for career advancement.

Training Focus

  • Telehealth & Digital Security
  • CP-MIH
  • CHW

Three Years, Four Goals

Train

IT and Clinical Staff on US Department of Health and Human Services 405(d) Cybersecurity Approaches.

Develop

and register CP-MIH apprentice occupation and develop standard training approach that incorporates CHWs and CHW training.

Cross-train

CHWs in telehealth and CP-MIH.

Increase

the diversity and inclusion of targeted training tactics to aid in providing health equity for all.


$450k

Dedicated to direct training for rural EMS agencies and rural hospitals

$1.5M

Total HRSA grant funding awarded for C3w+ Program development

10 + 10

10 Key Partners in C3w+ Network and 10 additional Key Partners outside of C3w+ Network

40+ Employers

Participating

Enroll 150

trainees in rural counties