Established in September 2020 with funding from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), the Rural Telementoring Training Center (RTTC) is a collaboration to provide national training and technical assistance for Telementoring, a form of technology-enabled collaborative learning that promotes deep learning and capacity building in support of health care in rural and underserved areas across the US.
Telementoring has a spectrum of uses for transforming health care training and education including:
- Delivering evidence-based curricula
- Offering practice-based, culturally responsive approaches to care
- Advancing the skill set of health care workers
- Task-shifting to increase community access to specialized care
- Creating communities of practice and learning that foster and engagement through peer-to-peer interaction
Beginning in Fall 2021, the RTTC will provide training, support, and technical assistance for implementing, expanding, and evaluating six types of telementoring programs in rural health care settings:
- Project ECHO
- Individual Consultation
- Online Modules & Curicula
- Community Health Clubs
These toolkits and resources will be free, comprehensive, and based on established evidence as well as feedback from experts, rural health care stakeholders, and rural community members.