Under federal health law, #32.2 million announced for more CA providers in CA…

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $320 million in grants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to strengthen the health care workforce–with $32.2 million of the grant funding in California.

$27.2 million in California will go to improve and expand the primary care workforce under the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act. Also, another $5 million in Health Profession Opportunity Grants will provide low-income individuals with education, training and supportive services that will help them prepare to enter and advance in careers in the healthcare sector.

The programs are designed to build the primary care workforce and provide community-based prevention. California and other states will receive funding to support comprehensive workforce planning and implementation strategies that best address local current and projected workforce shortages.

California grantees include:

For Advanced Nursing Education Expansion:
* Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, $1,056,000

Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Program
* University of Southern California, Los Angeles, $704,000
* Riverside Community College District/Moreno Valley Campus, Moreno Valley, $2,117,808
* Samuel Merritt College, Oakland, $1,232,000

Nurse Managed Health Clinics
* The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco, $1,497,320
* Tides Center – Women’s Community Clinic, San Francisco, $1,459,366

Personal and Home Care Aide State Training Program
* Board of Governors, California Community College, Sacramento, $749,960

Primary Care Residency Expansion
* Regents of the University of California, Davis, $1,920,000
* Regents of the University of California, La Jolla, $2,880,000
* Catholic Healthcare West/St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, $1,920,000
* The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles, $1,920,000
* Children’s Hospital & Research Center, Oakland, $3,840,000
* …and three grants to the Regents of the University of California, San Francisco, each at $1,920,000

State Health Care Workforce Grants: Planning
* California Department of Employment Development, Sacramento, $150,000

CALIFORNIA TOTAL: $27,206,454.00

A complete list of Prevention and Public Health Fund workforce grant award tables by state are available at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/09b/state_charts.html.

California is also getting another $5 million in Health Profession Opportunity Grants, administered by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance, as part of 32 grants to entities in 23 states. These grants will provide low-income individuals with successful training programs for a variety of healthcare professions, including: home care aides, certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, emergency medical technicians, licensed vocational nurses, registered nurses, dental assistants, and health information technicians. The $5 million grant is going to the serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals through the San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc.

A complete list of Health Profession Opportunity Grants by state is available at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/09d/state_charts.html.

More information about health reform’s investment in the health care workforce is at www.HealthCare.gov.

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