Mesa College offers free training to 300 health care professionals

San Diego Mesa College is offering free training to 300 health care professionals over the next two years through a grant funded by the US Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the National Coordination for Health Information Technology. Mesa is one of 70-community colleges in the country, and the only one in San Diego County, to participate in this $84 million federally sponsored workforce-training initiative.

Individuals who complete San Diego Mesa College’s Health IT Training program will be prepared to support Electronic Health Records in clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, private and public health agencies or offices, and vendors of electronic health records systems.

"Mesa College is pleased to help address the economic and workforce development needs for the San Diego region,” said Margie Fritch, Dean of School of Health Sciences/Public Service.  “The college’s new Allied Health Education and Training facility, which opened in 2009, enables us to train the current healthcare workers in state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms."

Training offered at Mesa College will focus on three workforce roles specifically identified by the Office of the National Coordination for Health Information Technology in Washington DC: Workflow Design Specialist, Implementation Support Specialist, and Technical/Software Support.

Thirty-eight students are already enrolled in the first of three training programs offered by San Diego Mesa College through the Employee Training Institute during the first year of this grant initiative. The training program for Implementation Support Specialist training begins January 20, 2011.

The initiative is part of a nationwide effort to meet requirements of the HITECH Act, which mandates that every U.S. citizen have an electronic medical record by 2014. Mesa College is part of the Western Region Health IT Program (WRHealthIT) Consortium made up of community colleges in Arizona, Nevada, California and Hawaii. The grant is part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and administered through the Los Rios Community College District.

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Lina Heil, 619-388-2759;
Peggy Miller, Project Manager, Health IT Workforce Training
San Diego Mesa College