Federal HHS Funding Addresses Mental Health and Burnout in Health Workforce

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced funding to reduce burnout and promote mental health among the health workforce. The estimated $103 million in American Rescue Plan funding over a three-year period will particularly consider the needs of rural and medically underserved communities. The funding will also help health care organizations establish a culture of wellness among the health and public safety workforce, and support training efforts that build resiliency for those at the beginning of their health careers. 

The announcement acknowledges that health care providers face many challenges and stresses due to high patient volumes, long work hours, and workplace demands. These challenges were amplified by COVID-19 and have had a disproportionate impact on communities of color and in rural communities. The programs will support the implementation of evidence-informed strategies to help organizations and providers respond to stressful situations, endure hardships, avoid burnout, and foster healthy workplace environments that promote mental health and resiliency. 

There are three funding opportunities that are now accepting applications:  To apply for the Provider Resiliency Workforce Training Notice of Funding Opportunities, visit Applications are due August 30, 2021. Learn more about HRSA's funding opportunities?

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