New Grants Help Increase Access to Health Care in Rural Areas

July 17, 2018

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services awarded the first round of grants to help rural health care providers increase the number of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses. These grants are modeled after a successful matchinggrant initiative crafted by WHA and proposed by Gov. Scott Walker in the 2013-15 biennial budget to expand capacity for physician residency experiences in Wisconsin.

Grants totaling more than $300,000 were awarded to:

  • Ascension St. Mary’s Rhinelander
  • Aspirus Office of Medical Education Wausau
  • Columbus Community Hospital
  • Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics
  • Mayo Clinic Health System Northwest Wisconsin Region, Inc., Eau Claire
  • Monroe Clinic
  • Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Inc.
  • Stoughton Hospital
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. This ‘grow our own’ strategy is another great example of bipartisan policymaking to support the workforce needed to sustain Wisconsin’s top-quality health care.”

This story originally appeared in the July 17, 2018 edition of WHA Newsletter