Programs & Initiatives Update – Winter 2023/2024 Newsletter

Scholarship Program

IHA WIO has again been funded in 2024 for the Mother Cabrini Scholarship Program in an amount of $500,000. This is nearly twice as much funding as we have received in the past two years.

Since the IHA Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Scholarship program began in 2022, it has allowed us to distribute over $500,000 to support the education of nearly 250 healthcare workers across Upstate New York. Once the 2024 awards are distributed IHA will have awarded over $1 million to member hospital employees pursuing education in the following fields: RN, Medical Assistant, Respiratory Therapist, Medical Tech, and Surgical Tech. IHA uses a semi-annually conducted vacancy survey to determine the most needed job titles in member hospitals, and awards funding based on those results.

We are grateful to the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for allowing us to continue offering this important program to our members, and we thank our members for their participation to distribute the funds to their very deserving employees.

One recent scholarship recipient was quoted:
“As a single mom of three busy children, I could not have attended classes without the unwavering support of my employer, friends, community, and the generous award from the IHA Mother Cabrini Scholarship.”

If you would like to learn more about the Scholarship program or hear additional testimonials from past awardees, please visit the Scholarship page on our website here.

Look for more information to apply for these awards in January 2024.

Community Paramedicine Program

The Home Care Association of New York State (HCANYS) has been funded for $1.5 million for a community paramedicine program in 2024 for a third year by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. IHA is a partner with HCA on this grant that supports 6 pilot programs in Upstate New York.

The community paramedicine program expands the role of paramedics and EMTs with the intention of increasing access to care in rural areas where it can be difficult to get to a healthcare provider. The program utilizes EMTs and paramedics, in conjunction with home health care agencies, to provide preventative care services to vulnerable populations that have difficulty accessing care in traditional settings. Pilot programs have been established in rural locations across UNY to design models, develop protocols for, and operate community centric programs. Administering preventative care lowers the likelihood that emergency teams will be called to non-urgent situations, protects emergency care resources and decrease emergency room visits and hospital admissions/re-admissions.

The grant program is run on a county basis and started in 2022 with three pilot programs: Broome County (United Health Services and Lourdes Hospital), Columbia /Greene (Columbia Memorial Hospital) and Jefferson (Samaritan Hospital). In 2023, two additional pilots were added: St. Lawrence (Canton Potsdam) and Tompkins (Cayuga Medical Center). Funding in 2024 will add a sixth pilot: Herkimer (Mohawk Valley Health System).

If you would like to learn more about this program , please visit the Community Paramedicine page on our website here.