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Practice Transformation Institute Named a Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Approved Community Health Worker Training Provider

Apr 25, 2024 | News

Media Contact: Barbara M. Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; 248-260-8466; barbara@eafocus.com

Troy, Mich. — April 25, 2024–Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), an IACET-accredited provider of continuing medical education and experiential learning programs, is pleased to announce it has been named an approved provider of Community Health Worker (CHW) training by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS). The approval follows a rigorous application process and more than two years of PTI providing CHW training through community and health system partnerships and support. Among the five CHW training programs approved by the state, PTI is the only organization with the coveted IACET accreditation.

As members of the public health workforce, CHWs connect individuals with resources, advocate for communities of all socioeconomic backgrounds, and serve as a conduit between the community and the many facets of the healthcare system. Training for CHW certification totals 103 hours of formal instruction, 40 hours of practical experience and 25 hours of homework.

PTI is the nonprofit learning organization of long-established physicians’ organization, MedNetOne Solutions (MedNetOne). It was founded by MedNetOne CEO, Ewa Matuszewski in 2007 to advance primary care transformation and other primary care initiatives in physician practices by focusing on multi-disciplinary, team-based care. PTI has expanded its offerings over the course of its history to also meet training needs surrounding the social determinants of health. Its work with community health workers began in 2022 using a proprietary, in-person and virtual curriculum that aligns with the national CHW Core Consensus (C3) Project core competencies and actually exceeds its requirements.

“PTI has been an ardent supporter and advocate for the value that community health workers bring to a variety of healthcare settings – from hospitals and primary care offices to public health initiatives such as the current Medicaid renewal push,” Matuszewski said. “To receive MDHHS approval for our CWH curriculum will have a tremendously positive impact on our ability to continue to provide optimal training and learning opportunities for CHW’s at this critical juncture.”

To learn more about CHW training sessions offered through PTI, visit the PTI website.

About Practice Transformation Institute (PTI)
Prepare. Transform. Improve. Guided by these three words and embracing a forward-thinking mindset, Practice Transformation Institute (PTI) was established in 2007 and quickly became Michigan’s first IACET-accredited provider of CME and experiential learning programs. PTI focuses on primary care transformation, multi-disciplinary care teams and community-based health outreach initiatives like community health worker training. PTI offers expert curriculum and dynamic learning through in-person and virtual formats.
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