Health Professions Education and Training (HP-ET)

HRSA Health Professions Education and Training Initiative: Readiness to Train Assessment Tool (RTAT) Survey

The California Primary Care Association (CPCA), alongside the Health Resources & Services Administration Bureau of Health Workforce (HRSA BHW) and Primary Care Associations, are working hard to increase provider recruitment and retention. One way to do this is by encouraging and facilitating health professional education and training (HP-ET) in our community health centers. We know that health professionals who receive training at a community health center are much more likely to work in one.   

About HRSA’s Health Professions Education and Training (HP-ET) Initiative

The initiative will enhance health centers’ capabilities to recruit, develop, and retain their workforce by exposing health and allied health professions students, trainees, and residents to education and training programs conducted at health centers.

Are you ready for HP-ET? The RTAT is your first step toward an HP-ET program that will help address your workforce needs. The HP-ET Initiative will use the RTAT, developed by Community Health Center (CHC), Inc., to assist health centers in assessing and improving their readiness to engage in health professions training programs.

The tool will cover seven dimensions of health center readiness for developing and engaging with health professions training programs:

  1. Readiness to Engage
  2. Evidence, Strength and Quality of the HPT Program
  3. Relative Advantage of the HPT Program
  4. Financial Resources
  5. Additional Resources
  6. Implementation Team
  7. Implementation Plan   
(approximately 15-25 minutes)


Once you have your survey results, CPCA will be offering assistance to help you develop a targeted strategic workforce plan that will include health professions trainings and pipeline programs that meet the needs of your community, as well as offer training and TA to help you achieve your overall workforce goals.

*ACTION: CPCA is developing a distribution list of CHC contacts for communications associated with RTAT. This will help us connect with the appropriate CHC staff in each organization that works closely on health professions training. Please share your primary and secondary contact information with Nataly Diaz, Assistant Director of Workforce Development, at

**CPCA would like to have at least one survey response from ALL health center organizations by October 31, 2020.
All respondents will be entered into a raffle for a FREE job posting package through Health Center Careers!

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $4,398,941 with 0% percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit


Please contact Nataly Diaz, Assistant Director of Workforce Development at