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Sen. Durbin addresses “serious health workforce shortage”

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The health care workforce shortage continues to be a challenge, especially for rural communities.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin has introduced bipartisan legislation to address the rural health workforce shortage.

A new $25 million program would provide additional loan forgiveness funding for health care providers that serve in rural communities.

"Our population is aging and they want to remain in their home and many of those homes are in the rural areas," said Rose Ghattas with the John Wood Community College Medical Assisting Program. "We do need to fill that spot. We need to fill that void, especially for our healthcare providers that want to practice for that community."

According to Durbin, 3.3 million people live in communities in Illinois with shortages of doctors, five million people live in communities with shortages of mental health professionals and 2.3 million people live in communities with shortages of dentists.

JWCC offers many short-term training options for students based on needs shared by rural healthcare providers, including practical nursing and associate degree nursing programs. For more information on health sciences offered at JWCC, click here.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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