The Wisconsin Department of Health Services awarded the first round of grants to help rural health hospitals, health systems and educational entities train more allied health professionals. These grants are modeled after a successful matching-grant initiative crafted by WHA and proposed by Governor Scott Walker in the 2013-15 biennial budget to expand capacity for physician residency experiences in Wisconsin. Matching grants create public-private partnerships to grow Wisconsin’s health care workforce based on WHA’s 86% equation.
“We know that a student who is raised in Wisconsin, graduates from a Wisconsin medical school, and completes a medical residency in our state has an 86% likelihood of remaining in Wisconsin to practice,” noted WHA Vice President of Workforce and Clinical Practice Ann Zenk. “The partnerships created by the allied health professional grants will add training targeted to where workers are in short supply in the recipients’ communities.”
Applicants and partners receiving funding through this initial round of awards are:
- Ascension St. Mary’s - Rhinelander, Nicolet Area Technical College, and North Central Technical College
- Columbus Community Hospital-Columbus, Madison Area Technical College, and Moraine Park Technical Colleges
- Hospital Sisters Health System St. Clare Hospital-Oconto Falls and Northeastern Technical College
- Marshfield Medical Center and Hospital-Marshfield and Mid-State Technical College
WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding notes, “This allied health professionals training concept 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 high-quality health care.”