RWJF Awards $1.8 Million to New Jersey Hospital Association for Veterans

The has announced a $1.8 million grant to the in support of the association’s efforts to hire and train former United States military veterans to assist consumers interested in exploring coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.

The grant, which was awarded through the foundation's , will support the hiring and training of twenty-five veterans to become certified application counselors (CACs). Program participants will have to complete a federal Web-based training program and also will receive training with respect to state-based programs, including . Once certified, they will be assigned to hospitals and community sites across the state.

At the end of the program's one-year funding period, NJHA will perform exit interviews with program participants to evaluate their job satisfaction and newly acquired workplace skills, with the goal of providing them with opportunities for continued success in the workplace.

"Because veterans offer a unique set of skills, discipline, and leadership abilities developed during their years in the military, they are ideal candidates to fill the role of CACs," said Aline Holmes, R.N., the NJHA Institute director for quality and patient safety and a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy Nursing Corps during the Vietnam war. "This is just a new deployment of their skills in service to others."

"." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 11/11/2013.