Normandale Partners with Johns Hopkins to offer Free Training for Healthcare Workers

By Tracey Mastel - Normandale CECT | Program Director

Normandale Community College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are jointly offering free e-Learning courses designed for busy, working adults to upgrade their skills in the transforming healthcare industry.

ACT Health IT (Accelerating Care Transformation through Health IT) is for professionals working across the spectrum of the healthcare industry; physicians, nurses, care coordinators, administrators, managers, and people in organizations related to or serving healthcare are all encouraged to participate. Training topics focus on three primary areas, Healthcare Data Analytics, Population Health, and Value-Based Care, which are critical to supporting healthcare transformation.  Through this training, they will be prepared for the transition to value-driven care, enhancing their role in healthcare and upskilling their teams to improve care delivery.

The ACT program has received hundreds of positive reviews from students who come from all 50 states, 10 different countries, and 450 healthcare organizations. Rene Cabral-Daniels, CEO of Community Care Network of Virginia, Inc. had this to say,

             "The ACT Health IT courses are simply stellar! I receive an overwhelming amount of educational opportunities to better understand value-based care and
               health analytics. While many of them are certainly informative, ACT Health IT is in the top 1% of trainings that actually deliver quality educational sessions
               when I need it and in the format that accommodates by busy schedule."

For a limited time, the training is offered free of charge to students through a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Students interested in obtaining Continuing Medical Education (CME/MOC) credits are able to do so for a one-time $45 fee which covers all eligible courses. These courses are collectively worth up to 57 CME credits.

Enrollment is open and courses are free through June 2017 until the seats are full. Go to to enroll.

The ACT Health IT program is organized by the MN Health Information Technology, which is part of the Continuing Education and Customized Training workforce development division of Normandale Community College. The MN Health IT program has been offering health information technology since 2009, and has successfully trained over 1,800 individuals through its variety of course offerings.