RIHCA provides resources to community health centers to strengthen the existing and build a committed workforce. in 2019, Rhode Island Community Health Centers employed 1735 full-time equivalent (FTEs) positions. RIHCA assists community health centers by providing training and technical assistance for recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce and staff development opportunities. Additionally, RIHCA supports health centers with expanded workforce health training and strategic workforce planning.

This program is available to health professionals who work in federally recognized provider shortage area site. All Federally Qualified Health Centers meet this designation.

The 2021 application cycle is closed. Please check back for information on the 2022 application cycle.

Click here for more information about the loan repayment program.

Workforce update

Last fall, Rhode Island’s Federally Qualified Health Centers were sent The Readiness to Train Assessment Tool (RTAT) to help assess their readiness for engaging with Health Professions Training (HPT) programs. It will be RIHCA's goal over the next two years to support health centers through training and technical assistance to grow and develop strategic and HPT workforce plan activities.

Has Your Health Center Taken the RTAT Assessment?

The Health Resources and Services Administration Bureaus of Primary Health Care and Health Workforce (HRSA) and RIHCA are working to increase provider recruitment and retention.

One way to do this is by encouraging and facilitating HRSA's health professional education and training (HP-ET) initiative 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. 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.

For more info on RTAT visit: https://www.chc1.com/rtat/