BHWET - A Culturally-Responsive Behavioral Health Occupational Therapy Training Program
Davenport University, Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI), Hope Network Behavioral Health Services, HRSA
Occupational Therapy students
Workforce Development Focus
Increasing number of healthcare workers
Workforce Issue 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.