To help reinforce and achieve the Health in Rhode Island priorities, the Foundation is issuing two FHRI RFPs as part of this cycle of the program. The first was issued in 2021 and focused on responding to behavioral health needs in the community. This second RFP of the FHRI focuses on supporting the health sector workforce, both in and beyond the traditional healthcare delivery system. Supporting the health sector workforce is a core priority of the Long-Term Health Planning committee, as well as the focus on an ongoing public-private health workforce planning process co-convened by Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and Training, and the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, for which the Foundation is an active partner.
For the purposes of this RFP, the Foundation welcomes proposals to retain a racially, culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse health workforce.
The Foundation recognizes that this moment in time is one of heightened vulnerability for health providers and nonprofit organizations across the continuum of delivery settings. The Foundation also recognizes that there are structural factors to increasing retention that are beyond the scope of a one-time grant program (e.g., reimbursement rates).
Examples of work could include, but are not limited to, supports for professional development and leadership pathway opportunities; targeted wellness and trauma informed workplace programs; mentorship, sponsorship, and fellowship initiatives; and inter- or intra-organizational affinity group and peer support models.
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