HHSignite (beta): The IHS-VA Education and Training Exchange – building a bigger pie
Submitted by staff from: Indian Health Service
- Bruce Finke, IHS/NAS
- Scott McCoy, IHS/NAS
- John Shutze, IHS/NAS
Project Lead’s Approving Supervisor:
Harry Brown, Chief Medical Officer, Nashville Area Office, IHS
Leverage an IHS-VA partnership to receive and then curate and disseminate educational materials to IHS medical staff.
IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs provide clinical and public health services for a population with significant health disparities, often in rural and frontier settings. The Nashville Area Indian Health Service (IHS) has the opportunity to leverage the rich array of training and education resources of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) through an existing partnership, increasing resources available nationally at minimal cost.
Through an existing agreement the Nashville Area, IHS can download these resources from the VHA satellite system but lacks a way to market and distribute them. This project will capitalize on this opportunity, engaging field staff in selection and review of the training resources and purchasing on-demand web-streaming capacity for distribution. The proposal emphasizes the value of “engaging the front line staff” and will be making Continuing Education Credits available for staffs that utilize these new resources.
This is a test of concept, with rigorous measurement guiding future investments.