Writing for NPR, Deepa Shivaram reports that the federal government, namely the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), is committing $100 million to help health care facilities in underserved areas recruit and keep staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the story: “The funds, which are now open for applications until April 8, 2022, are eligible ‘for state-run programs that support, recruit, and retain primary care clinicians who live and work in underserved communities,’ HHS says. The department hopes that being able to retain health care workers in underserved areas will help improve health equity.”

According to the HHS announcement, 50 awards of up to $1 million per year for four years will be granted, and ten percent of the award can be used for administration costs. Applications are open now on Grants.gov.

To read the rest of the story from Shivaram at NPR, click here.

To read the HHS announcement, click here.

To apply for the grant, click here.

SOURCE: The Rural Blog, NPR