New Funding: Rural Public Health Workforce Training


May 4, 2022


Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Technical Assistance Program

Application Deadline: June 8, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), announced the availability of nearly $48 million in American Rescue Plan funding for community based-organizations to expand public health capacity in rural and tribal communities through health care job development, training and placement. Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network awardees will be able to use this funding to address workforce needs related to the long-term effects of COVID-19, health information technology (IT), and other key workforce issues.

HRSA’s Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Technical Assistance Program (RPHWTN-TAP) will provide technical assistance (TA) to rural health care networks responding to the critical need for more trained public health professionals which has amplified since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The TA will help networks expand the public health workforce capacity by supporting job development, training and placement in rural communities. Specifically, the TA will strengthen the ability for networks to develop formal training & certification programs in these four workforce training area:

  • Community Health Support;
  • Health IT and/or Telehealth Technical Support;
  • Community Para-Medicine; and
  • Case Management Staff and/or Respiratory Therapists

Approximately $500,000 per year will be available for a three-year period of performance.

FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 1 – 2 p.m. EST. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend.  For dial-in information, view the NOFO on, click the Package tab, then Preview, and Download Instructions; technical assistance information is on page (ii).