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UP Workforce Innovation Network (WIN)

Healthcare Industry


Organizations Involved

NMU Center for Rural Health, Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH), U.P. Michigan Works!, U.P. AHEC, U.P. Health Care Solutions, Everyday Life Consulting, UP Health System Marquette School of EMT; MDHHS - Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness

Occupations Involved

Paramedics; Emergency Medical Technicians; Community Health Workers

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers

Workforce Issues Addressed

Training individuals to work in a healthcare profession


The U.P. WIN (Upper Peninsula Workforce Innovation Network) is a project funded by a grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the project is to increase Upper Peninsula residents' access to healthcare by expanding workforce training, education, and healthcare employment in the region. The plan is to focus on the development of community health workers (CHWs), community paramedics, and EMS professionals. Goals of U.P. WIN are to 1) expand the roles of paramedics and EMTs to assist in providing public health, primary health care and preventative services to underserved populations in the UP; 2) cross-train community health workers through NMU's Center for Rural Health and 3) enhance training for existing staff.

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