The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will release grant applications this week to expand training opportunities to fill specific high-need, highdemand positions in rural areas. Watch the DHS website
for the grant application announcement.
The new Allied Health Professionals Education and Training Grants—proposed by the Rural Wisconsin Initiative and included in the state’s 2017-2019 budget—are designed to help fill behavioral health specialists, certified nursing assistants, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, surgical technologists and other high-demand positions identified in the WHA Health Care Workforce 2017 Report.
- Rural Wisconsin hospitals and clinics who form partnerships or consortia with education providers and health care systems will be eligible to apply for grants.
- Funding can be used to develop and implement new education and training programs, or expand existing programs. This includes curriculum and faculty development, tuition, clinical site development, and simulation expenses.
- Priority will be given to partnerships serving communities with populations of less than 20,000.
DHS will hold a Q&A conference call July 19 for those interested in applying. The anticipated effective date of the grant will be October 1, 2018.