Governor Mills Announces $$ Investment to Strengthen Health Care Workforce in Rural Maine


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Governor Janet T. Mills (D) announced today the award of $2.25 million to strengthen Maine’s health care workforce by expanding opportunities for health care professionals in rural communities and establishing a new system to match people to those opportunities.

The three specific awardees are:

$950,000. to MaineHealth to expand Graduate Medical Education (GME) opportunities for physicians in training in hospitals and physician practices in rural and underserved communities across Maine.

$475,000, to the University of Maine System to increase placement of students pursuing Master’s in Social Work (MSW) degrees in rural health care sites, etc.

$175,000 to St. Joseph’s College of Maine to develop and implement new rural clinical prereptorship programs that provide support for students at the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

The Mills Administration is also awarding an additional $650,000. to fund the Building-ME network project, which aims to create a statewide system to streamline clinical placements and trainees and prereptors in rural communities.

“Rural Maine is my home.  I care deeply about the people who live there and I want to ensure that they have access to high-quality health care services,” said Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the first woman governor of Maine,  “This investment builds on our efforts to recruit and train more people to enter the health care workforce and to strengthen our health care system in the long-term for the benefit of Maine people.”

The award described above as the Building-ME network project is funded by $1.6 million from the Governors Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan which will be used to recruit and support clinical supervisors, known as preceptors, in rural health systems, and to expand graduate medical education programs in Maine.  The funds, administered by the Maine Department of Health & Services, will expand training opportunities for doctors, nurses, social workers and other health professionals in rural communities.