The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $426,705 to four organizations in Pennsylvania to increase telehealth capabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nationally, $15 million was awarded to 159 organizations across five health workforce programs. These awards demonstrate the Trump Administration’s continued efforts and commitment to building a national telehealth infrastructure.
These awards are funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that President Trump signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020. HRSA made awards to organizations based on their capacity to implement COVID-19 telehealth activities that train high demand professions across the health care team.
These investments will train students, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, allied health and other high-demand professionals in telehealth. This will enable these professionals to maximize telehealth for COVID-19 referrals for screening and testing, case management, outpatient care, and other essential care during the crisis.
Additionally, through increased telehealth capabilities from this funding, organizations will be able to maintain primary care services when clinics and medical facilities are not available, especially for COVID-19 positive, quarantined, elderly and other vulnerable populations.
HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) oversees the workforce programs that received awards today. Organizations from Pennsylvania received funding from one or more of the following five BHW programs:
• Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
• Area Health Education Centers Program
• Centers of Excellence Program
• Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Veteran Nurses in Primary Care Training Program
• Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Registered Nurses in Primary Care Training Program
View the complete list of award recipients at https://bhw.hrsa.gov/grants/covid-19-workforce-telehealth-fy2020-awards