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The federal government pledges $100 million to address health care worker shortages

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is allocating $100 million from the American Rescue Plan to address healthcare worker retention and recruitment challenges, with a focus on underserved areas. This initiative aims to support state-run programs that recruit, retain, and support primary care clinicians in underserved communities to improve health equity. The pandemic has exacerbated existing difficulties in rural areas in hiring and retaining healthcare professionals, with a significant decrease in healthcare employment since February 2020. Healthcare workers, particularly women and people of color, have experienced increased stress, burnout, anxiety, and depression during the pandemic, impacting both their well-being and patient care. Click her for article.

  • HHS commits $100 million from the American Rescue Plan to tackle healthcare worker retention and recruitment challenges.

  • The initiative targets underserved areas and aims to support state-run programs focusing on primary care clinician recruitment and retention.

  • Rural areas have faced longstanding difficulties in hiring and retaining healthcare professionals, worsened by the pandemic.

  • Healthcare workers, especially women and people of color, have experienced heightened levels of stress and burnout during the pandemic, affecting both personal well-being and patient care.

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