The Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA) has partnered with the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, Inc. to support healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. IHA has either been awarded or is an active participant in three ongoing grant initiatives funded by the Cabrini Foundation. For detailed information related to each grant program, please see below.
Hospital PPE and COVID-19 Related Expense Reimbursement
This $750,000 grant was awarded to IHA to provide sub-awards to IHA member hospitals. The IHA Preparedness for COVID-19 Surge in Upstate NY grant allows IHA members to seek reimbursement for COVID-19 expenses that may be incurred between July 1 – December 31, 2020.
This is the second grant of its kind awarded to IHA. The Association received a $500,000 grant in May that reimbursed hospital members for the procurement of critically needed supplies and equipment necessary for ensuring patient safety and protecting frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial award was dispersed among 37 IHA hospital members last month.
IHA will be issuing detailed information related to the application process for the new funds in the coming weeks.
COVID-19 Test Training for RNs, LPNs and Respiratory Therapists Working in Home Care
This grant is led by the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA) to initiate a statewide effort to train home care clinicians in COVID-19 testing procedures.
IHA member, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), developed the web-based training curriculum while the IHA Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO) is utilizing its specialized online training platform and learning management system to deliver the training to as many as 18,000 home care professionals across the state.
To date, 181 home care agencies have enrolled in the program representing over 1,000 home care clinicians. The grant – originally set to expire on June 30 – has been extended, allowing more time for participants to engage in this important effort.
The NYS DOH has endorsed this training initiative and has encouraged participation among NYS home care providers. The training may be expanded to other types of healthcare providers in the future. To learn more, click here.
Hospital and Home Care e-Learning Series
This grant is also led by HCA in an effort to share best practices, suggestions and challenges for enhanced collaboration between hospitals and home care agencies during COVID-19.
Both IHA and HANYS will work with HCA on an e-learning series consisting of six webinars to be held between August and December 2020. IHA will identify relevant topics, member hospital faculty and target audiences for the joint webinars. Additional details to follow.
If you would like to suggest a topic or have faculty interested in participating, please feel free to email us at COVID@iroquois.org.