In response to the critical shortage of EMS personnel, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has awarded EMS grants totaling $14 million to expand workforce development training programs through scholarships and grants for students.

“MDHHS is providing solutions to the shortage of EMS workers in the state,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “While partnering with industry stakeholders to solve this immediate problem, we are also proactively ensuring this critical field is an attractive option for Michigan residents interested in pursuing a career in EMS. We are committed to addressing the EMS shortage by providing tuition assistance, outreach and education across the state.”

Prior to August, MDHHS awarded 37 grants totaling $8 million to support more than 400 paramedical students through tuition and wage assistance as well as mileage reimbursement, tutoring services and childcare assistance. Financial support will be provided for students until training is complete.

By the first week of August, 23 additional grant recipients were chosen to receive funding of more than $6 million. There is the potential for an additional $2 million to be awarded in the coming weeks. Michigan recipients are from municipal agencies, community colleges, private EMS agencies and proprietary education programs. Grants ranged from $80,000 to $350,000 and include initiatives to support students, increase enrollment and interest in EMS as a career.

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