Health Care Workforce Transformation Trust

  • Description
  • Funding History
  • Proposals

The Health Care Workforce Transformation Trust Fund provides funding for grants to support a wide range of employee training and recruitment activities in the health care sector in order to meet the needs of the changing health care workforce.

The Health Care Workforce Transformation Trust Fund provides funding for grants to support a wide range of employee training and recruitment activities in the health care sector in order to meet the needs of the changing health care workforce.

The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Health Care Workforce Transformation Trust fund, and Commonwealth Corporation carries out procurement and grant management functions. The fund was established as part of the state's August 2012 health care cost containment and quality improvement legislation (Chapter 224). In FY 2012, the Legislature authorized a one-time transfer of $20,000,000 into the fund.

The Trust directs $4 million over a four-year period to the Department of Public Health to help support the expansion of primary care by encouraging health professionals to chose primary care placements. These funds support the Mass. Loan Repayment Program for Health Professionals, which helps primary care professionals who work in under-served communities pay off their student loans.

Much of the remainder of the Trust is available by competitive grant to health care employers, health care business associations, or other organizations working in partnership with health care employers.

The grants, first awarded in 2014, are intended to:

  • Improve health care worker job retention;
  • Address critical shortages in the health care workforce;
  • Increase opportunities in the health care industry for low-income individuals and low-wage workers;
  • Create training, or other educational or career ladder services for both employed and unemployed health care workers;
  • Provide training in emerging health care delivery models;
  • Fund rural health rotation opportunities for medical or nursing schools.

Updated January, 2016