Let’s Continue to “Grow Our Own” Strong and Diverse Community Health Center Workforce via The Health Professions Education and Training (HP-ET) Initiative!  

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.

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.
Why HP-ET Matters

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.  

A Survey to Assess CHC Readiness to Launch Health Professions Training Programs: Readiness to Train Assessment Tool (RTAT)  

As part of the HP-ET Initiative, Community Health Center (CHC), Inc. developed the Readiness to Train Assessment Tool (RTAT) survey to assist health centers in assessing and improving their readiness to engage in health professions training programs. CPCA encouraged health centers to participate in this survey tool between September 2020 and February 2021. CPCA will use survey results to develop and deliver training/technical assistance (T/TA) on health professions training and workforce strategic planning that help health centers reach their workforce development goals. 



HP-ET Resources  

Smartsheet Library
This CPCA HP-ET Smartsheet library provides a one stop hub of toolkits, reports, templates, and previously recorded trainings available to health centers to assist with developing or enhancing trainings program and partnerships.  

Promotion and Peer-to-Peer Learning Resources 
CPCA created this package of resources that highlight CHCs as leaders in health professions training and promote peer-to-peer learning. In this package, CHCs can find a “health profession training organization” virtual badge and customizable templates for program highlights, testimonials, and promising practices sheets. We encourage CHCs to utilize these resources to showcase their work to trainees, partners, academic institutions, funders, and legislators! Learn more about how to implement these resources by checking out the “HP-ET Materials Guidelines” here .  

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 HRSA.gov. 

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Please contact Madeline Anderson, Program Coordinator of Health Professions Education, at manderson@cpca.org.