July 11, 2018
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

DHS Announces New Grants to Support Access to Health Care in Rural Areas

Eight providers receive grants for advanced practice clinician training

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced the recipients of grants totaling more than $300,000 to help rural health care providers increase the number of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses. The grants support the development of eight training sites and will help ensure access to quality health care in rural and other underserved areas of the state.

Providers receiving funding are:

  • Ascension St. Mary’s Rhinelander
  • Aspirus Office of Medical Education Wausau
  • Columbus Community Hospital
  • Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics
  • Mayo Clinic Health System Northwest Wisconsin Region, Inc., Eau Claire
  • Monroe Clinic
  • Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Inc.
  • Stoughton Hospital

Governor Scott Walker made improving rural health care part of his Rural Agenda and approved $500,000 in new funding to support the grant program in the 2017-2019 biennial budget. Increasing the number of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses in rural communities will give rural residents greater access to quality health care.

This is the first year that grants were awarded.