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Advocate Aurora Health grants $675,000 to diversify health care workforce

Posted at 6:55 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 07:55:34-05

Advocate Aurora Health is awarding grants to local community organizations through its Better Together Fund to develop a more diverse health care force.

The grants are part of a $2 million commitment to Milwaukee projects that address social and economic needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

“COVID-19 has amplified the disproportionate impact illness can have on people simply because of the zip code in which they live," said Better Together Fund Chief External Affairs Officer Cristy Garcia-Thomas. "These programs will not only help remove barriers to a career in health care, but also create a workforce more reflective of the communities they serve, encouraging more individuals to seek care when it’s needed."

As the pandemic strains the health care system, it has also aimed a spotlight on health care inequities in the system.

The projects of the four grant recipients are focused on creating diversity and inclusivity among caregivers.

  • Milwaukee Jobs Work – Pathways to Healthcare Careers Program will be awarded $200,000 to expand job skills development and tutoring programs for central Milwaukee city residents with limited work histories and significant barriers to long-term, successful employment.
  • Cream City Medical Society/Milwaukee Health Services – Pipeline to Practice will be awarded $200,000 to provide seed funding for the Physician Recruitment Scholarship Fund, a key component of the Pathways to Practice program for African American physician development.
  • Wisconsin Area Health Education Center – Community Health Workers Training Program Expansion will be awarded 200,000 to develop a virtual community health workers training program and provide one-on-one coaching/mentoring for an additional six months to further hone skills and provide career support services.
  • And the Hispanic Collaborative - Rapid Cohort Upskilling Model will be awarded $75,000 to recruit Latinos into a bilingual certified nursing assistant training program.

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