June 19, 2020
On Thursday, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced awards totaling $107.2 million to 310 recipients to increase the health workforce in rural and underserved communities. Recipients across 45 states and U.S. territories, including Illinois, received funding to improve the quality, distribution and diversity of health professionals serving across the country.
“Supporting a strong health workforce is essential to improving health in rural and underserved communities,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “We've seen stark disparities in health and healthcare access contribute to the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Trump Administration’s work to address health disparities, these grants provide support for the training of healthcare workers in rural and underserved communities.”
These programs provide financial and professional support to physicians, faculty, dentists, nurses and students as they pursue careers in healthcare settings. Awardees, which include numerous Illinois universities as well as NorthShore University HealthSystem and Rush University Medical Center, will be able to develop and retain clinicians in high-need areas to meet the vital health needs of the most disadvantaged communities.