A $103 million investment from the Biden administration will support health-care workers facing burnout as they enter their third pandemic year.
Job openings in health care are skyrocketing as burnout drives older workers to retire and younger workers to leave the field. The pandemic has pushed the industry past its breaking point, overwhelming hospitals and leaving many patients without access to much-needed care.
“With today’s announcement, we’re saying to those nurse leaders and so many other health-care workers across the country that we are here with you and you are not alone,” Health Resources Services Administration Administrator Carole Johnson told reporters Thursday.
The funding from the American Rescue Plan will be awarded to 45 organizations in underserved communities across the U.S. to support workforce resilience.
About $29 million will go toward helping the groups create and strengthen programs that promote mental wellness for health-care workers. Roughly $68 million will help the organizations develop resiliency training programs and curriculum.
Another $6 million will be awarded to George Washington University to establish a technical assistance center to support other health-care organizations.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified issues that have long been a source of stress for frontline health care workers—from increased patient volumes to long working hours,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “We will continue to promote the well-being of those who have made so many sacrifices to keep others well.”