Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
One of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s members, the Alaska Federal Health Care Access Network (AFHCAN), has received accreditation from the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). Jay Brudzinski and Cindy Roleff, both Lead Telehealth Coordinators at AFHCAN, worked in conjunction with Mandi Constantine of ANTHC on the accreditation package.
The purpose of ATA accreditation is to protect the integrity and effectiveness of telehealth training programs, as well as encourage continuous quality improvement in telemedicine/telehealth training and education. The accreditation process is a rigorous assessment of a program’s ability to design and implement a professional training program.
The fourth organization in the nation to receive ATA accreditation of its training program, AFHCAN offers a variety of training, from a one-hour class on using the AFHCAN web client to an assortment of multi-day workshops.
In addition to its existing course content, AFHCAN has partnered with the University of Alaska to develop and teach three more college courses on telehealth. Intended as a workforce development initiative, completing the first two courses will result in certification as a Telehealth Coordinator, while completing all three courses will result in certification as a Telehealth Program Manager.
Contact information about AFHCAN and its training courses are available at its website: http://afhcan.org/contact.aspx.