US government grants $266 million to bolster public health workforce

The federal government has provided more than $266 million in U.S. bailout funding to expand the nation’s community and public health workforce, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday.

Drive the news: The ministry is investing $225.5 million in community health workers and $40.7 million in public health scholarships.

Details: The $225.5 million will go to 83 beneficiaries under the Community Health Worker Training Program, which will support the training and education of some 13,000 new community health workers.

  • The $40.7 million will go to 29 recipients through the Public Health Scholarship Program to encourage people to pursue training and careers in public health, including as epidemiologists and other essential positions. the public health needs of the community, the department said.

What they say : “These investments will equip community and public health workers with the skills to provide effective community outreach, increase access to care and support individuals with essential prevention and treatment services,” said the Secretary of Health and to Social Services, Xavier Becerra, in a press release.

The big picture: The funding comes after the country entered the COVID-19 pandemic with significant shortages of healthcare workers and a workforce that has been stretched thin in the coronavirus emergency response.

  • The pandemic has led to record levels of burnout and many have quit their jobs in healthcare, Axios’ Tina Reed reports.

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Michael A. Bynum