U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today says the government will award $96 million in grants to increase diversity in the health professions workforce and encourage nurses to choose careers as nurse educators.
“With this new infusion of funds, we will be able to increase training opportunities for a future generation of health care professionals,” she says.
The grants will go to schools to give scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds with financial need, many of whom are underrepresented minorities. Funds will also provide low-interest loans to nurse faculty students — students who want to teach nursing — as incentive for nurses to select careers as nurse educators.
“The health professions workforce in the United States does not reflect the population it serves,” says Sebelius. “These funds will help support the education of disadvantaged students who are more likely to go on to serve in underserved areas, and will expand the training of nurse faculty in exchange for their service.”
Of the total funding, $66 million will be used to provide scholarships to 28,000 disadvantaged students under the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program.
For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov.