Working to keep participants safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cook Inlet Tribal Council Health Profession Opportunity Grants (CITC HPOG) Visit disclaimer page program provides healthcare training to tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, with a focus on Alaska Natives and American Indians. Their goal is to provide training and supportive services to individuals in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska, putting them on a career pathway to employment and financial self-sufficiency.
With the emergence of COVID-19, CITC’s immediate goal was to ensure the safety of their participants and staff. They temporarily halted all training programs and transitioned to working from home. CITC HPOG knew they had to find solutions to meet their students’ changing needs. They surveyed participants and discovered food was their biggest concern. CITC HPOG updated their policies so they could provide emergency supports for essentials such as food, housing and utilities.
The HPOG team also had to determine if and how participants could continue their training programs. Many HPOG participants wanted to continue their education but lacked the technological resources to do so remotely. CITC HPOG worked with training providers such as the Alaska CNA Program to adapt their curriculum to an online platform. Staff distributed laptops to participants, so they could resume training. Staff also began meeting with students via video conference to check-in and provide support services. CITC is providing the same level of service and engagement with participants as before the pandemic.
CITC HPOG’s diligence during the transition to remote learning gave students the support they needed to continue their healthcare education, while keeping everyone safe.
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