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Posted on: September 30, 2010

Kansas receives nearly $15.5 million to strengthen health care workforce

Kansas has received two U.S. Department of Health & Human Services grants totaling $15,485,480 over five years to strengthen the state’s health care workforce, officials announced today.

The two grants are as follows:

Health Profession Opportunity Grant ($15,335,480 over five years, $2,796,046 in the first year)This grant is designed to provide low-income individuals with education, training and supportive services to help them prepare for careers in healthcare. Potential career tracks include home health aides, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, emergency medical technicians, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, dental assistants and medical records and health information technicians. Supportive services include transportation, dependent care and temporary housing.

State Health Workforce Development Grants ($150,000)This grant helps applicants begin comprehensive health care workforce planning or implementation. Kansas’ grant is for planning only. Planning grants assess a state’s current health workforce and include activities such as gathering and analyzing data, examining current resources, policies and practices, and identifying ways to remove barriers at state and local levels.

“Over the next several years, we expect health care professionals to be one of the greatest areas of job growth in Kansas and across the country,” said Governor Mark Parkinson. “With these grants, more Kansans can capitalize on this opportunity, enter into the workforce, contribute to our economy and improve the health of our citizens.”

Overall, Health & Human Services announced $320 million in grants under the Affordable Care Act to strengthen the health care workforce. Of those grants, $253 million will go to improve and expand the primary care workforce under the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act. The other $67 million goes toward Health Profession Opportunity Grants. View the full H&HS news release at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/09/20100927e.html.

The following organizations will partner on one or both of the grants:

- Adult Basic Education

- Fort Hays State University School of Nursing

- Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved

- Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging

- Kansas Board of Pharmacy

- Kansas Board of Regents

- Kansas Center for Nursing Scholarship & Leadership

- Kansas Department of Commerce

- Kansas Department of Health and Environment

- Kansas Department of Labor

- Kansas Health Care Association

- Kansas Health Policy Authority

- Kansas Hospital Association

- Kansas Medical Society

- Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services

- Kansas State Board of Healing Arts

- Kansas State Department of Education

- KANSASWORKS State Board

- Local Workforce Investment Boards

- Registered Apprenticeship

- University of Kansas Medical Center

- University of Kansas School of Medicine

- Various community- and faith-based organizations and Kansas businesses

For details, contact Joe Monaco, Public Information Officer with the Kansas Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-3760 or jmonaco@kansascommerce.com.

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