$225 million bill to support health care workforce a good first stepHealth care in Pennsylvania is getting more support after Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Wednesday a bill that sets aside $225 million to support workforce development.

The money comes from the federal American Rescue Plan Act passed in March 2021 and focuses on two things: recruiting health care workers and keeping them in the field.

The health care workforce is struggling, after two years of the pandemic has exacerbated staffing shortages and difficult conditions. Many workers have left the industry entirely.

“They’re tired and they’re burnt out,” Geoffrey M. Roche, Harrisburg University population health professor, said. “We are at or close to crisis point.”

The new Pennsylvania law is an attempt to help the workforce rebound.

“t’s really geared toward recruitment and retention of frontline healthcare professionals,” Roche said.

Roche also said this is an opportunity to recruit a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

“Where do we have an opportunity to build new pathways and new bridges to bring new professionals into our health care system that ultimately can look and in many ways, identify with those that they’re serving,” he said.

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