Aspirus Health System and Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) were among the health systems that recently received grants totaling more than $550,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to support education and training to assist rural healthcare in filling “high need, high demand” positions.

The Advanced Practice Clinician Grants, totaling nearly $250,000, will help rural health care providers increase the number of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses by supporting the development of clinical training sites.

In addition to Aspirus and MCHS, Cumberland Memorial Hospital, Essentia– Northwest Wisconsin and Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus also received funding.

Allied Health Professionals Education and Training Grants, totaling more than $325,000 over two years, will support the education of medical assistants, nursing assistants, mental health professionals and others. Grants were awarded to MCHS as well as Gundersen Health System in Friendship and Whitehall and Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville.