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Requests for Proposals

Requests for Proposals — New RFPs

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Requests for Proposals — Recent RFPs

Nursing and Allied Health Initiative: Scaling Efforts to Advance the Commonwealth's Direct Care Workforce

Posted: November 23, 2015
Due: December 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM


This second-round of grant funding calls for proposals from consortia of Massachusetts public higher education institutions, working in collaboration with employers, regional vocational schools, regional workforce investment boards and other community-based organizations, to address the workforce development needs of health care employers. The priorities of this grant program are to:

  1. Build direct care workforce pathways;
  2. Create recognized transferable training to support pathway advancement;
  3. Invest in the development of core competencies;
  4. Develop/adopt competency-based leadership training for managers of direct care workers.

All project proposals must articulate the conditions necessary for regional or statewide implementation and replication, sharing of best practices and sustainability. Campuses interested in applying for funding must address how they would take to scale initiatives that will advance the Commonwealth’s direct care workforce in one or more of the following areas:

This is the second round of grant funding from the DHE to address the Allied Health – Direct Care workforce needs of the Commonwealth. There is $200,000 in available funding and we anticipate awarding one (1) consortium project.

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Allied Health Direct Care

Posted: August 10, 2015
Due: September 25, 2015, 4:00 p.m.


In June of 2015, DHE re-convened the Allied Health Advisory Group (AHAG) to develop an implementation agenda based upon the recommendations of the Allied Health-Direct Care workforce plan approved by the Board of Higher Education in 2014. This group consists of representatives from community colleges, 4-year colleges, employers, industry groups, regional employment boards, and state agencies.

This initial Request for Proposals (RFP) is intended to address specific near-term needs across the Commonwealth while beginning work that will have a longer-term trajectory and will create a sustainable impact over time.

The AHAG strongly expressed the priority to move beyond the practice of funding pilot projects which while locally valuable, have not resulted in the adoption of best practices regionally and statewide and promote sustainable systems change.  Therefore, this cycle of the Nursing and Allied Health Initiative grant program will focus on system alignment, sharing of best practices, and promotion of broad-based regional and statewide collaboration in an effort to meet the training needs of the direct care workforce and the staffing needs of employers.  Proposals are encouraged to offer new innovations and may extend prior initiatives to replicate successful models which as a result will reach a meaningful level of scale. All project proposals must articulate the conditions necessary for replication, sustainability and regional or statewide implementation. Projects in early stages of development should describe relevant strategies to be explored in subsequent phases of implementation.

The focus of this RFP is on 4 priority areas for the immediate future agreed upon by the Allied Health Advisory Group.  They are:

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