New HHS Work Force Grants Include Funds for Health Care Technology

On Friday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $130.8 million in grants to strengthen the health care work force, including $50.5 million to support new training equipment and technology, Healthcare IT News reports (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 9/17).

Grant Program Details

About $88.7 million of the grant funds come from the 2009 federal economic stimulus package.

Every state and the District of Columbia received grants ranging from $78,000 for South Dakota to $12.8 million for New York. The grants are expected to help train more than 200,000 health care professionals (Goedert, Health Data Management, 9/17).

Health IT-Related Grants

The $50.5 million grant allocation aims to help health worker training programs purchase updated equipment and technology, such as:

  • Electronic learning tools that could provide distance learning opportunities; and
  • Patient simulators that could improve clinical judgment and critical thinking.

In addition, the work force grants include $3.8 million to support 10 programs for patient navigator outreach and chronic disease prevention. Such programs generally leverage health IT applications to improve patient outcomes, particularly among populations that face health disparities (Healthcare IT News, 9/17).

A complete list of the work force grant recipients is available on HHS' website (Carlson, Modern Healthcare, 9/17).

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