$149M in grants awarded for primary care training, including nursing

The world of primary care is getting a major boost thanks to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) decision to issue over $149 million in grants. These will go to 12 workforce programs that will work to develop health professions training and prepare primary care providers to work in diverse, high-need areas. The grants will provide scholarships, support advanced nursing programs, train psychologists, and fund research.

Workforce efforts

HRSA hopes to encourage partnerships between various entities, including academic institutions, clinicians, and public health organizations, to address the additional needs of underserved communities. The workforce efforts include development of diverse, well-educated primary care providers, developing psychologists to use an integrated approach for behavioral health needs in underserved areas, clinical teaching and research improvements, and furthering primary care research.

Nursing grants

Several of the grants will allow nurses to focus on evolving their specialties. The advance education nurse traineeship will provide $22.9 million in grants to 69 programs, allowing advance practice nurses to develop their roles in primary care services for underserved communities, and the advanced nursing education grant will fund additional academic-practice partnership models for preparing advance practice nursing students to become providers. Other nursing grants include a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) practicum, behavioral health integration, partial loan forgiveness for nursing faculty, diversity efforts, and a nurse anesthetist traineeship.