Abt Associates to Evaluate HHS Healthcare Training Program; Mary Joel Holin Comments

Abt Associates has won a $5.4 million contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families to assess the implementation, systems change and outcomes of a training program for skilled healthcare workers, according to a company statement.

“Abt is pleased to support the administration for children and families in helping to provide new opportunities in healthcare careers for low-income Americans,“ said Mary Joel Holin, Abt division vice president for Social and Economic Policy.

Abt and its subcontractor, the Urban Institute, will examine how states, community colleges, non-profit groups and native american and tribal organizations implement healthcare career training under the Health Profession Opportunity Grants program.

Robin Koralek, Abt senior associate, will lead the project and principal associate Alan Werner will serve as co-principal investigator.

This contract is part of the next-phase of Abt's work on the HPOG Implementation, Systems and Outcome Evaluation, a federal grant program of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The HPOG program trains low-income adults for careers in health to address the shortage of skilled healthcare workers.

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