Virginia Receives a First-in-the-nation Grant to Help Next Generation of Health-care Workers
Virginia has become the only state in the nation to be awarded an almost two million dollar health workforce grant, to find and teach the next generation of healthcare professionals. Charles Fishburne reports.
There are some 350,000 licensed health care workers and some 80 related professions in Virginia. But it's not enough.
Wibberly: We are projecting a huge shortage in providers in rural areas and underserved areas in Virginia.
Kathy Wibberly, State Health Department, says the 1.93 million dollar grant will help hire the staff for the new Health Workforce Development Authority, and begin a student registry to find, educate and keep those interested in healthcare, particularly in underserved areas.
Wibberly: We want to grow our own. The data really shows that you grow up in an underserved area, you're much more likely to return to that area to work, and to live.
Virginia is the first state in the union to receive federal money to develop the program, which involves multiple agencies, public and private.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News