• HRSA awards $501,736 to grow Vermont’s health workforce

    first_imgVermont Business Magazine The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) today announced $501,736 in new awards to two organizations in Vermont. The awards were part of $149 million given nationally through 12 workforce programs to prepare the next generation of skilled, diverse primary care providers to serve communities in need across the country. The University of Vermont Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship program received $350,000 and Norwich University Nurse Faculty Loan Program received $151,736.“These awards will help increase access to quality health care for all Americans by educating and training culturally competent providers who are prepared to practice in high-need areas,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “By encouraging partnerships among academic institutions, clinicians, health care sites and public health entities, we can improve health outcomes in underserved communities.”HRSA’s education and training grants support the development of a workforce that can meet 21st century needs through an emphasis on diversity, distribution of clinicians, and quality services that encourage innovative team-based and interprofessional approaches. “Our vision is to positively impact every aspect of the health professional’s career, from education and training to service,” said Macrae. “These awards will increase the number of health professionals providing quality care to the nation’s most vulnerable populations.”The new grants were awarded through the following programs:·         Primary Care Training and Enhancement(link is external) ($14.5 million) funds 33 grants to hospitals, medical schools, academically affiliated physician assistant training programs and other entities to improve the quality, quantity, distribution, and diversity of the primary care workforce through curriculum enhancement and training program expansion.·         Advance Education Nursing Traineeship(link is external) ($22.9 million) provides grants to 69 advanced nursing programs that support the training of advanced practice nurses, emphasizing the critically important role nurses play in delivering primary health care services, particularly in rural and underserved communities.·         Advanced Nursing Education(link is external) ($11.3 million) funds 19 projects that develop and test innovative academic-practice partnership models for clinical training and prepare primary care advanced practice nursing students to provide safe, quality care.·         Graduate Psychology Education(link is external) ($7.7 million) supports 31 grants to prepare psychologists to use an integrated and interprofessional approach to specifically address the behavioral health needs of underserved and/or rural populations, and to integrate behavioral health into primary care practice.·         Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement(link is external) ($4.4 million) provides 6 grants to improve clinical teaching and research in primary care training in order to strengthen the primary care workforce.·         Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship(link is external) ($2.3 million) funds 80 nurse anesthetist education programs to provide traineeships to licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students in a master’s or doctoral nurse anesthesia program.·         Nurse Education Practice Quality and Retention(link is external) – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Practicums in Community Settings ($3.1 million) provides 9 grants to increase experiential training opportunities for senior-level BSN students in primary care community-based settings by establishing and expanding upon academic-practice partnerships between schools of nursing and community-based clinical sites and providing students with training in medically underserved and rural communities.·         Nurse Education Practice Quality and Retention(link is external) – Interprofessional Collaborative Practice:  Behavioral Health Integration ($4.3 million) provides 9 grants to integrate interprofessional and collaborative models of behavioral health services into routine nurse-led primary care delivered to vulnerable and underserved populations.·         Nurse Faculty Loan Program(link is external) ($24.4 million) provides grants to 89 nursing schools to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in the United States. Support from this program allows nursing schools to offer eligible students partial loan forgiveness when they graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty.·         Nursing Workforce Diversity(link is external) ($4.5 million) provides 13 grants to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses, by providing student scholarships or stipends for various levels of nursing degree programs. ·         Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award(link is external) ($7.4 million) provides 20 grants to train postdoctoral health care professionals in primary care research.·         Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students(link is external) ($42.3 million) enables 78 health professions schools to provide scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have financial need in order to increases diversity in the health workforce.For a complete list grantees and funding amounts, see the FY16 Workforce Grant Awards Chart(link is external).For more information about HRSA’s grant opportunities, visit Grant Opportunities(link is external).For more information about health professions education support, see Loans and Scholarships.(link is external)Source: HRSA 7.20.2016. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA is the primary Federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov(link is external).last_img

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