Home Care Clinician Training for COVID-19 Testing

NOTE: the grant supporting this initiative has been extended to June 30, 2022. Please register today!

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About the Training Program

Under a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, the Home Care Association of New York State Education & Research (HCA E&R), Iroquois Healthcare Alliance (IHA) and clinical faculty at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) are delivering web-based training for home health RNs and other personnel on COVID-19 testing procedures that can be conducted at home.

This complimentary training is open to all home care personnel in New York State whose scope of practice permits testing (i.e., nurses and respiratory therapists).

Why COVID-19 Testing in Home Care?

As the current medical emergency has shown, the risk of COVID-19 infection is greatest in the community, where home and community-based organizations serve the medical, social and assistive needs of nearly 900,000 patients throughout New York State. These include individuals with COVID-19 as well as New Yorkers at greatest risk: the elderly and persons with disabilities or suffering from a range of underlying, chronic health conditions.

To get tested for COVID-19, most individuals must leave their homes. For homebound patients and others in home care, this structure is not only inconducive but it’s also a potential danger to a patient’s health, especially if the only available testing option is to go to a congregate setting.

This initiative offers a path to testing-in-place for the safety of patients. It also promises more timely results for the protection of home care personnel taking every precaution against exposure through protocols specific to confirmed COVID-19 cases.

How it Works and How to Enroll

The course is hosted by the IHA Healthstream learning platform. First you need an account by completing the “Letter of Participation” form below to indicate your organization’s interest in participation. From there, we will follow up with instructions for logging into Healthstream with individualized user accounts. This platform that gives you the ability to:

  • Take the COVID-19 Test training course.
  • Print a certificate of completion for the course.
  • Use any device to access the training (laptop, tablet, etc.)
  • Enroll in other COVID-19 courses available through Healthstream at no cost.

To enroll, click here and complete form at bottom of page.

Have Technical Questions? Read our Q&As

Please download and read the Q&As here for more information.

Need Further Assistance?
If you have any further questions after reading our Q&As — or if you haven’t gotten a reply to your enrollment request (within one business day) — please contact us at covid19@hcanys.org.

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