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BHWET - A Culturally-Responsive Behavioral Health Occupational Therapy Training Program

Healthcare Industry

4-Year IHE

Organizations Involved

Davenport University, Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI), Hope Network Behavioral Health Services, HRSA

Occupations Involved

Occupational Therapy students

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers

Workforce Issues Addressed

Attracting and training individuals to work in a healthcare profession


Davenport University received over $1.9 million from HRSA to expand experiential training opportunities and improve the distribution and supply of occupational therapists offering behavioral health OT services for youth, families and older adults. The program will include field placements and internships in communities of color in mental health HPSAs, medically-underserved areas, and address rural residents at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Davenport will provide these training opportunities to 72 students in their Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. Experiential training slots will be at 7 clinical sites at Hope Network and Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI). Trainees will receive stipends, supervision and career support.

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