The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $130.8 million in grants for initiatives, including use of information technologies, to support expansion of the health care workforce.

The funds were awarded to every state and the District of Columbia, and range from $78,000 for South Dakota to $12.8 million for New York. Economic stimulus money accounts for $88.7 million in grant funding, including the full $50.5 million allotment for equipment to enhance training for health professionals.

HHS awarded 208 grants to purchase equipment for training current and future health professionals at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. Eligible equipment includes distance learning technologies, human patient simulators and mobile dental vans.

Other funded programs focus on training primary care and oral health professionals, increasing diversity in the workforce, funding loan repayment programs in 29 states and creating "Patient Navigator" programs to coordinate care. HHS believes the programs in total will train more than 200,000 professionals. More information is available here.

--Joseph Goedert


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