Brown Announces Nearly 11.3M for Health Care Workforce Training Throughout Ohio

Funds Will Expand Nursing, Physician Assistant, and Primary Care Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that $11,288,629 was awarded to bolster the primary health care workforce in Ohio. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act funds, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be distributed to four colleges and universities, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the State of Ohio Department of Health.

"A major goal of health reform legislation was to address shortages in our nation's primary care workforce. In addition to providing more individuals with education, training, and supportive services to pursue a career in primary care, these funds will also generate economic activity throughout Ohio," Brown said. "This investment will further enhance Ohio's ability to train and attract talented health care professionals to meet our state's needs."

Brown recently introduced the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act, which already passed the House of Representatives. This bill is aimed at creating jobs in high-growth, regional industries - like biosciences and health care - by addressing the disparity between high unemployment rates and a shortage of skilled workers for many emerging industries. Despite Ohio's 10.1 percent unemployment rate, there is still demand in today's labor market for skilled workers. To address this disparity, the SECTORS Act provides grants for sector partnerships among institutions of higher education, industry, organized labor, and workforce boards.

The funds will be distributed to Case Western Reserve University, the University of Toledo Health Science Campus, the Ohio State University, and Eastern Gateway Community College.

Ohio

Grantee

City

Award

Advanced Nursing Education Expansion

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland

$1,425,600

Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Program

The University of Toledo Health Science Campus

Toledo

$1,009,880

Primary Care Residency Expansion

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati

$1,872,024

The Ohio State University

Columbus

$3,840,000

State Health Care Workforce Grants: Planning

State of Ohio Department of Health

Columbus

$150,000

 

 TOTAL:  $8,297,504.00

Ohio

Grantee

City

Award

Grants to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals

Eastern Gateway Community College

Steubenville

$2,991,125

TOTAL

$2,991,125

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