MPCA is ready and able to assist with workforce priorities among its members. We want to provide support in addressing the unique workforce needs of Maine’s Community Health Centers through training/technical assistance, strategic planning, dissemination of resources, and peer-to-peer connections.

HRSA’s Health Professions Education and Training Initiative:
Readiness to Train Assessment Tool

MPCA is working with the Bureau of Health Workforce and the nation’s PCAs to increase recruitment and retention efforts among health centers across the nation through HRSA’s The Health Professions Education and Training initiative (HP-ET). This 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 at health centers.

As a part of this effort, Community Health Center, Inc and the Weitzman Institute have created the Readiness to Train Assessment Tool™ to address a need at the national level to help health centers address concerns regarding capacity, resources, and organizational abilities when launching any health professions training program(s). It can support implementation of HPT programs at health centers and serve as a platform meant to encourage dialogue and action at various levels.

The Readiness to Train Assessment Tool (RTAT) is a 41-item, 7-subscale validated survey that will help health centers assess and improve their own organization’s 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:

After results are available and distributed to health centers, MPCA will be offering support assistance in creating strategic workforce plans in addition to training and technical assistance to meet the needs and goals of your health centers.

Need more information? Check out these resources:


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Upcoming Events/Announcements

Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) Challenge
To respond to declining rates of childhood vaccination coverage and well-child visits due to COVID-19, HRSA has launched the Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) Challenge competition. We invite pediatric primary care providers, community health providers, state and local programs, and creative health care professionals to sign-up and learn more about the P4 Challenge and how it will address this critical public health issue.

The application period opens Tuesday, January 19, and concludes at 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 15.

Interested in applying? Attend HRSA’s first P4 Challenge webinar:

Friday, January 15
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here

The webinar will include:

  • An overview of the challenge, including submission requirements and evaluation criteria.
  • Support for pairing community solvers with pediatric primary care providers.
  • Questions and answers time.

Submit questions ahead of time to

P4 Challenge Overview
HRSA will award $1,000,000 in prizes for innovative approaches to increase access to and utilization of well-child visits and/or immunization services within primary care settings. Partnerships with state and local organizations are encouraged, and submissions must include a primary care provider who delivers health services to children. HRSA expects to select up to 50 Phase 1 winners and up to 20 Phase 2 winners.

Applications are Open for our Next FREE Learning Collaboratives
Learning Collaboratives are 4-month participatory learning experiences offered by the National Health Center Training and Technical Assistance Partners (NTTAP), funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and hosted by Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in Middletown, CT.

Implementing Postgraduate Residency Training Programs
Learning Collaborative:
Applications due February 11

The Collaborative is designed to take FQHCs from planning to implementation of a residency program.
Apply Here

Advancing Team Based Care
Learning Collaborative:
Applications due February 11

The Collaborative is designed to provide transformational strategies and coaching support to help primary care practices in FQHCs advance their models of team-based care.
Apply Here

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These resources are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.