Wisconsin state legislators have proposed a package of legislation to help reverse the state’s decades-long population shift to cities and suburbs.

The package, referred to as the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, includes programs to support economic development, education, broadband expansion, workforce training and rural health care.

The rural health care proposal includes a $250,000 annual grant to educate allied health professionals, a $750,000 annual grant for advanced practice clinician to train in rural communities, a $100,000 annual grant to support quality-improvement in rural hospitals, matching-fund grants to support the creation of wellness facilities and programs in underserved rural communities and more funding for the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program.

SOURCE: hhnmag.com, April 10, 2017