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Community Health Organizations and Other Safety Net Health Providers Needs Assessment: The purpose of this needs assessment document is to determine the workforce requirements for community health organizations as well as other safety net health providers such as small independent practices in rural regions as well as migrant and homeless health institutions who plan to or are currently adopting, optimizing and sustaining systems of health information technology-namely, Electronic Health Records, Personal Health Records, and TeleHealth.
Healthcare Workforce Training Matrix Tool - Using Electronic Health Information: This tool is a robust matrix of Health IT skills sets and competencies required for each healthcare role. This matrix can be used by organizations as they develop HIT/HIM curriculum, training programs, and job descriptions. This list was developed by Health IT professional societies and compiled by AHIMA and AMIA in 2008.
Resource List of HIT/HIM Educational and Credentialing Organizations: This list outlines current HIT/HIM certificate and credentialing programs, tuition and fee schedules, and organization contacts. Provided by Barbara Drury and Colorado HIMSS Chapter.
Health Information Technology: Addressing Health Disparity by Improving Quality,Increasing Access, and Developing Workforce - Ricardo Custodio, MD, MPH; Anna M. Gard, MSN, FNP-BC; and Garth Graham, MD, MPH

The implementation and maintenance of health information technology (HIT) requires a trained workforce. The NHIT Collaborative is committed to developing and making available materials to inform and educate academic institutions and potential workers who come from, or who serve communities of color and underserved populations about the benefits of and opportunities for workforce development and training in HIT.

NHIT, with valuable contributions from our Workforce Development Workgroup will provide potential workers with information about the skill sets needed. The Collaborative also provides information so that people can learn more about HIT and health information management (HIM) careers and available training.

More than just providing job information, the NHIT sees the value in building alliances with academic centers, guidance counselors, youth groups, parents, and schools to help develop a workforce drawn from communities of color and at-risk populations.