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HHS Announces Availability of Nearly $48 Million to Increase the Public Health Workforce in Rural and Tribal Communities - 12/23/21

  • 1.  HHS Announces Availability of Nearly $48 Million to Increase the Public Health Workforce in Rural and Tribal Communities - 12/23/21

    National Council Staff
    Posted 12-23-2021 10:49
    Dear Association Executives - Below and at the links below from HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) please find information on health care workforce grants available for community-based providers in rural and tribal communities. Please share this information with your members and please let us know if you have questions or if additional information would be helpful. Happy Holidays!
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    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, is announcing the availability of nearly $48 million in American Rescue Plan funding for community-based organizations to expand public health capacity in rural and tribal communities through health care job development, training, and placement. Awardees will be able to use this funding to address workforce needs related to the long-term effects of COVID-19 as well as health information technology (IT) needs and other key workforce issues.

    This notice of funding opportunity builds on the Biden-Harris Administration's recent historic workforce announcement of awarding the largest field strength in history for its health workforce loan repayment and scholarship programs.

    "The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of a robust public health workforce to keep Americans safe and healthy, especially in communities that have experienced long-standing health disparities," said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. "This investment is part of our ongoing efforts to address health workforce needs in rural and underserved communities. As we build a healthier nation, we will continue to promote health equity and strengthen rural health." 

    Applicants can begin the application process on Grants.gov and apply by Friday, March 18, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

    For more information, please see the materials below:

     

    Marvin Figueroa, Director
    Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Washington, D.C.
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    Neal Comstock
    Director of Membership
    National Council
    NealC@TheNationalCouncil.org
    202 748-8793
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