Today, Representative Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced its support and co-sponsorship of legislation to expand health professional training programs and address health worker shortages in Iowa.
The Health Career Paths Act expand and improve the Health Profession Opportunity Grant Program (HPOG), which provides career paths for Americans while addressing labor shortages in highly skilled fields like nursing. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by next year the United States will need to hire 1.1 million new registered nurses (RNs) to replace retirements and avoid a nursing shortage .
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen how essential it is to have trusted and trained healthcare professionals to care for those in need. That’s why we need to redouble our efforts to provide the people of Iowa with the skills and support they need to land well-paying jobs and careers in health care, ” said representative Axne. “This common sense legislation not only ensures that we continue to invest in our workers, but also helps address health worker shortages that can only get worse without action. I am proud to join my colleagues in this bipartisan effort to strengthen and expand career opportunities in the healthcare industry.
Since it was first licensed in 2010, the HPOG program has funded 32 healthcare skills training programs that help connect low-income workers with skills training to secure jobs in the health sector. request.
The bipartisan legislation backed by Axne would provide the authorization and funding to bring this successful program to Iowa and other states without a current beneficiary. HPOG currently has beneficiaries in 21 states.
The Pathways to Health Careers Act would also improve the HPOG program by:
- Ensure that community colleges, technical colleges and other higher education institutions remain eligible beneficiaries
- Prioritize apps that train healthcare workers in rural communities
- Demanding training programs using federal funds meet state and industry standards.
- Provide technical assistance for grant applications, implementation and reporting to ensure grants are administered fairly and efficiently
The Axne representative has always supported job training programs that connect Iowa residents to high-paying jobs in high-demand fields.
The Transition for Success Act, introduced by Representative Axne in July, would provide SkillBridge job training and employment assistance to members of the National Guard and Reserve.
The legislation of representative Axne was recently included as part of the Defense Policy Bill passed by the House this year.