CHIP to Co-Sponsor Health IT & Analytics Course for Under-represented Professionals

This January, the Health Tech Access Alliance will lead a 12-week course, Health IT & Data Analytics Fundamentals, co-sponsored by AllianceChicago and CHIP. The course aims to provide healthcare professionals with the health information technology (HIT), digital health, and data analytics skills they need to succeed in healthcare organizations.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted, healthcare organizations have a shortage of professionals who possess the vital combination of healthcare knowledge with health information technology and data analytics skills. The Health Tech Access Alliance created this course to meet this need, as well as to empower more women and minority professionals to advance their careers in the HIT field.

This course first ran in the spring of 2020, with a cohort of students from community health centers (CHCs), federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), health center controlled networks (HCCNs), primary care associations (PCAs), and other underserved community-facing roles. The course uses a hybrid in-person and online model and features workshops, lectures, and one-on-one coaching for participants. In the synchronous workshops, students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Excel Analytics, R, SAS, and Tableau (pictured below):

Health IT Spring Course

Following the 12-week course, students can opt in to two additional bootcamp-style classes to prepare for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) certification exam from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc. (HIMSS).

The course has an anticipated start date of January 23, 2021. Interested in participating in the course? Email to be notified when the application for the winter 2021 course opens.

Learn more about the Health Tech Access Alliance on the HTAA website.

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