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.

A Nationwide Approach to GROW the Community Health Center Workforce

CPCA had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Luis Padilla, Associate Administrator the Bureau of Health Workforce, in this blog interview on HRSA’s HP-ET Initiative vision and goals to build a stronger CHC workforce through health professions training programs.  

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.



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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 health center staff in each organization that works closely on health professions training. Please share your primary and secondary contact information with Madeline Anderson, Program Coordinator of Health Professions Education, at

Click below to view February's RTAT winners!

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

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Please contact Madeline Anderson, Program Coordinator of Health Professions Education, at