The federal government pledges $100 million to address health care worker shortages


As well being care employees face elevated pandemic burnout, some states — significantly in underserved areas — have had challenges retaining current employees and recruiting new clinicians.

The Division of Well being and Human Providers (HHS) is now committing $100 million via the American Rescue Plan to assist remedy the issue.

“Our well being care employees have labored tirelessly to avoid wasting lives all through this pandemic and now it is our flip to spend money on them,” Well being and Human Providers Secretary Xavier Becerra mentioned in an announcement.

“This funding is important to making sure state public well being officers can proceed supporting particular wants throughout their communities,” he mentioned.

The funds, which at the moment are open for purposes till April 8, 2022, are eligible “for state-run packages that help, recruit, and retain major care clinicians who stay and work in underserved communities,” HHS says. The division hopes that with the ability to retain well being care employees in underserved areas will assist enhance well being fairness.

In rural areas particularly, the wrestle to rent and retain medical doctors existed lengthy earlier than the pandemic, however the issue has worsened prior to now few years with COVID-19. The Bureau of Labor Statistics just lately said that employment in well being care is down 524,000 employees since February 2020.

Whereas medical colleges have reported that they are graduating extra major care physicians than ever earlier than, the variety of these medical doctors who really go into the first care subject after residency drops considerably, underscoring the necessity to assist with recruitment efforts.

Because the starting of the pandemic, surveys have proven an enormous improve in stress, burnout, nervousness and melancholy amongst well being care employees, significantly in girls and folks of colour. Some medical employees have expressed that the exhaustion amongst employees is affecting affected person care, as nicely.

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