F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health Awarded BHWET Grant

LUBBOCK, TX (NEWS RELEASE) - The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health received a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET) grant of more than $485,000 over four years to operate and administer the Advanced Bridge to Excellence Program (Advanced BEP).

The BHWET grant, awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), helps accredited institutions develop and expand the behavioral health workforce across rural and underserved areas. The Advanced BEP is a fully online program that allows students across Texas to receive the Community Health Worker Certification and Behavioral Telehealth Certificate upon completion of the program. The program is open to students from other states and awards them a certificate of completion. The Advanced BEP is the only program in Texas offering training in telehealth and 50 hours of behavioral health training.

The institute is one of three accredited organizations to offer community health worker courses in West Texas and is the only organization in Texas to receive an award from the HRSA BHWET Program for community health worker training.

The Advanced BEP builds upon the institute’s existing Community Health Worker Workforce Bridge to Excellence Program curriculum to train community health workers strategies in patient advocacy, service coordination, cultural competency and chronic disease management, adding the additional emphasis of behavioral health and telehealth.

The Advanced BEP serves the community two-fold by training more providers for underserved populations and rural areas while supplying economic opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in community health.

(News release from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)

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