OSHPD Workforce Development Division Grant Update


The Mini Grants Program Intent to Award

The Mini Grants Program is proud to announce its Intent to Award for Request for Applications (RFA) 14-5404. A total of 46 applications are to be awarded this year at $603,706 and serving 16,555 participants throughout California.

Not only is this a record year for The Mini Grants Program, as of this year, all grant recipients will also include exposure to mental health careers and resources, stigma reduction, and suicide prevention as part of their funded program activities.Additionally, as of the 2014/15 program year, The Mini Grants Program has awarded $2.28 million to 179 programs to serve over 55,000 participants since its inception in 2005.

To view the Intent to Award, and for additional information, please visit The Mini Grants Program webpage: https://oshpd.ca.gov/hwdd/hctp_mini_grants.html


Program Eligibility

Did you know that Registered Dental Hygienists, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers are eligible to apply for the State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)? For a complete list of SLRP eligible disciplines, please view the Frequently Asked Questions webpage: https://www.oshpd.ca.gov/hwdd/2014/slrp/slrpfaqs2014.pdf.


Song-Brown Funding Updates and Opportunities

The Request for Application (RFA) for the Primary Care Residency and New Slots ($4M) funding closed March 10, 2015. The California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission (CHWPC) will hold a funding meeting April 28-29, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM in Sacramento, California, to make funding recommendations for the 35 applications received.

Family Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants (FNP/PA) and Registered Nurse (RN) award letters are in the mail. If you are a FNP/PA or RN residency program that received reduced base and/or special programs funding, you can find instructions to modify your request through CalREACH on the Song-Brown webpage: https://www.oshpd.ca.gov/hwdd/song_brown_prog.html

Family Medicine awardee contracts are on their way. Please read, sign, and return contracts to Song-Brown by April 15, 2015 for Capitation and April 30, 2015 for Special Programs to avoid any delay in contract execution.

The California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission (CHWPC) will hold its policy meeting May 20-21, 2015 in Sacramento, California. The CHWPC will discuss policy issues related to the Song-Brown Program.

For additional information on applicant registration, applicant submission, webinars, application instructions/guidance and meeting dates, please visit the Song-Brown webpage: https://oshpd.ca.gov/hwdd/song_brown_prog.html


HWPP Application #173

Sponsored by the Emergency Medical Services Authority, Health Workforce Pilot Project (HWPP)Application #173 continues to develop and move forward. This project proposes to determine whether paramedics working in an expanded role in their community can help improve health system integration, efficiency, and/or fill identified health care needs. Site visits begin March 2015 and will continue throughout the remainder of the year. For more information, including the most recent Advisory Committee Meeting notes, please visit the HWPP webpage: https://oshpd.ca.gov/hwdd/hwpp.html

If you have any idea for a potential Health Workforce Pilot Project that you would like to discuss with staff, contact HWPP by calling: (916) 326-3718.


Peer Personnel Training and Placement RFA

Workforce Education and Training program (WET) released the Peer Personnel Training and Placement Request for Application (RFA) February 27, 2015. The purpose of this RFA is to fund organizations to support, train and place individuals who are currently or seeking to be employed and/or volunteer as peer personnel by engaging in recruitment and outreach, career counseling, training, placement, and support activities with a priority focus on peer personnel placement in the Public Mental Health System.

The final date for application submission is April 16, 2015. To apply, or for more information, please visit the WET webpage: https://www.oshpd.ca.gov/hwdd/wet.html


HRSA Funding Opportunity Announcement

On March 16, 2015, the Health Resources and Service’s Administration’s (HRSA)Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) release the 2015 Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Funding Opportunity Announcement.The deadline to apply for this opportunity is May 15, 2015.

The purpose of HCOP is to increase the diversity of the health care workforce through the training of individuals from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Please visit the HRSA Grants website for additional information regarding funding opportunity announcements: https://www.hrsa.gov/grants/index.html


·        April 16, 2015: Peer Personnel Training and Placement RFA Deadline

·        April 28-29, 2015: Primary Care Residency and New Slots Funding Meeting

·        May 15, 2015: HCOP Application Deadline

·        May 20-21, 2015: CHWPC Policy Meeting


For more information, contact:

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Healthcare Workforce Development Division
400 R Street, Suite 330
Sacramento, CA 95811-6213
Phone: (916) 326-3700
Fax: (916) 322-2588
Web: www.oshpd.ca.gov/General_Info/Healthcare_Workforce.html



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