$n$ Federal funding awarded to train health professionals

The grants are part of $500 million in stimulus funds intended to address shortages in the work force.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced awards totaling $33 million to expand the training of health-care professionals.

The funds are part of the $500 million allotted to address work force shortages under the federal stimulus act, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The grants will be distributed through six programs:

Scholarships for disadvantaged students — funds health professions schools and training programs which, in turn, provide scholarships to full-time health professions students, with priority given to those with financial need. $19.3 million.

Centers of excellence — funds health professions schools to establish or expand programs for minority individuals. Funds may be used to improve student academic performance, recruit and retain minority faculty, and expand opportunities to train at off-campus, community-based health care sites. $4.9 million.

Public health traineeships — allows schools of public health to support traineeships that pay tuition, fees, and stipends for students in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, toxicology, nutrition, or maternal and child health. $3 million.

Nursing work force diversity — increases nursing education opportunities for student from disadvantaged backgrounds through scholarships or stipends, pre-entry preparation, and retention activities. $2.6 million.

Health careers opportunities — benefits schools and health professions training sites to establish or expand programs helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds enter and graduate from a health professions program. $2.5 million.

Dental public health residency training — funds residency programs in dental public health, including financial aid to residents. $810,925.

The grants follow a HHS grant in August of $13.4 million for loan repayments to nurses who agree to practice in facilities with critical shortages, as well as for schools of nursing to provide loans to students who will become nurse faculty.

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