Thousands of nurses and geriatric specialists—many of them minorities—will be trained for the provider workforce under $159.1 million in federal grants under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“We cannot build a healthier America if our country continues to face a growing health professions shortage,” says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “A well-trained, educated and diverse workforce is critical to meeting future healthcare demands, and to reforming the nation’s healthcare system.”
The grants from HHS fall into three categories:
2. Interdisciplinary Geriatric Education and Training, $29.5 million, will fund three geriatric education and training programs at accredited health professions schools.
3.Centers for Excellence, $23.6 million, to support Centers of Excellence programs to improve recruitment and performance of underrepresented minority students preparing for health professions careers.