Work force training boosted by HHS awards
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 19, 2010
The Dept. of Health and Human Services has announced $96 million in grants to increase diversity in the health professions work force and assist nursing students in their careers.
The funds will provide scholarships and low-interest loans to nurse faculty students. Some $66 million will be used to provide scholarships to 28,000 disadvantaged students, and $30 million will be used to support the Nurse Faculty Loan Program.
In exchange for teaching at a nursing school, students are eligible for an 85% loan cancellation during their first four years of employment. "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," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/07/19/gvbf0719.htm.