The Department of Health Services is in the process of developing a Request for Applications (RFA) for new advanced practice clinician training grants. The new grant program, spearheaded by WHA, is modeled after the successful WHA-led matching grant GME initiative that has spurred a nearly $22 million investment by state and private sector partners to create more physician residency capacity, especially in rural Wisconsin. WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding notes, “Applying this same concept to training for advanced practice clinicians and allied health professionals will expose more individuals to rural communities and help address rural workforce shortages.”
As currently envisioned, the grants will encourage partnerships among small rural hospitals and clinics, education providers and health systems. Hospitals and clinics in communities with populations of less than 20,000 will receive priority for funding. Year one funding is designed for developing the infrastructure to facilitate quality training. The grants are capped at $50,000 per applicant per year and require a dollar for dollar match. The release of the RFA is tentatively scheduled for mid-March.
WHA will hold an informational webinar about these new grant opportunities and the application process March 19 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. There is no cost to participate in this webinar, but pre-registration is required. To register for this webinar, visit www.whareg4.org/RWIGrantWebinar. For content questions, contact Ann Zenk at 608-274-1820 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For registration questions, contact Kayla Chatterton at email@example.com or 608-274-1820.