WHA-Crafted Training Grant Applications Released

‘Grow Your Own’ Physicians, Advanced Practice Clinicians and Allied Health Professionals

March 05, 2020

For hospitals and health systems seeking to expand training opportunities in rural areas and high-demand occupations the time to apply for WHA-created grants is now. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is accepting applications for Graduate Medical Education (GME), Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) and Allied Health Professional training grants.
GME grants, based on WHA’s 86% equation, are used to create new programs or expand existing programs.  These grants were implemented by DHS in 2013 and were so successful that in 2017 grant programs modelled after the GME grants were created for APC and allied health professionals.
To date, these matching grants have resulted in 151 more GME residency positions, nine new GME programs, nine expanded GME programs, 12 new APC training opportunities and eight new training programs for allied health professionals

GME Training Grants – now open to any physician specialty

DHS is now accepting applications for the New GME Program Grant. The Grant provides up to $750,000 over three years for hospitals and sponsoring institutions to develop a new GME Program, establish a fellowship, or create a rural alternative track in any physician specialty that is documented as a need in rural areas.
Grant applications can be access here. Completed applications are due by noon on April 30, 2020. A Question & Answer conference call is scheduled for March 24 at 10 a.m.

Allied Health Professional and APC Training Grant Applications due May 1

Completed applications for allied health and APC training grants are due by noon on May 1, 2020.   Applications for allied health grants can be accessed here.  Applications for APC grants can be accessed here.
APC grants are designed to expand clinical training opportunities for Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Wisconsin in order to increase access to health care in rural areas. The APC grant period is one year. The maximum amount per successful application is $50,000.
Potential applicants are encouraged to submit questions to DHS about application requirements; please direct questions to Donna Wong before noon on March 13, 2020.  All questions and responses will be posted to the DHS website by March 20, 2020. 
Allied health professional grants are intended to expand education and training opportunities for individuals in high need, high demand allied health occupations in order to support rural hospitals and clinics to meet the need for qualified professionals.  The maximum amount per successful application is $125,000 per year.  The length of the grant will depend on the length of required training for the targeted occupation(s).
Potential applicants are encouraged to submit questions to DHS about requirements; please direct questions to Susan Cochran before noon on March 13, 2020. All questions and responses will be posted to the DHS website by March 20, 2020.
After the Question and Answer calls, DHS cannot accept or answer questions.
The time is now to access these state resources made available by WHA-backed legislation, effectively implemented by DHS and successfully utilized by hospitals and health systems across the state.  WHA’s Vice President Workforce and Clinical Practice Ann Zenk is available to answer questions and support your application process.

This story originally appeared in the March 05, 2020 edition of WHA Newsletter