Yesterday, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced over $130 million dollars in federal funding to help aid and revitalize the health care system in the state.
The funding comes to assist the state’s health care system, which has become overburdened due to the COVID-19 pandemic that brought new challenges for public health care workers. With the federal funding, Senator Gillibrand looks to continue to build back from the pandemic and the current Flu and RSV season.
“New York is currently facing a significant health care worker shortage and strain on our public health infrastructure that is burdening workers and patients alike. The $130 million I fought for will play a fundamental role in easing this burden and building the capacity of our health care workforce across the state,” said Senator Gillibrand.
Among the funding, $46 million dollars will go towards Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). AHEC’s work to address workplace shortages by introducing high school students to a career in health care by working with local nurses, medical, and physician assistant schools. With this work, students are able to have an opportunity to witness the social and cultural factors that affect someone’s overall health and access to care.
One of the locations to receive funding will be the Central New York AHEC in the City of Cortland.