HHS allocates $48M to increase workforce in rural, tribal communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is allocating nearly $48 million in grant funding from the American Rescue Plan to increase public health capacity in rural and tribal communities.

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Office of Rural Health Policy will distribute the funds and use the money to expand health care job development, training and placement, according to a Dec. 23 HHS news release .

The program addresses the critical need for more trained health professionals, including dental team workforce members, in rural communities.

HRSA said it anticipates more than 30 award recipients will be able to use the funding to develop formal training and/or certification programs to increase capacity in areas such as community health support, health information technology and/or telehealth technical support, and more.

The deadline for applications is March 18 at11:59 p.m. ET.

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