You know the state has high unemployment. But, did you know that there is a significant shortage of nurses, physical therapists and other health professionals in Missouri? Solving this economic problem involves creating opportunities that increase health care training programs for students and adults looking for a different career.
The Missouri legislature is currently debating innovative programs that would help fill these health care vacancies. Click on this link to sign a petition and let lawmakers know that training Missourians for vacant health care jobs is smart economics: http://www.missourihealthmatters.com/how-to-help/missouri-jobs-petition/
Local hospitals, which are often the single largest employer in many Missouri communities, enthusiastically support these legislative proposals.
- House Bill 223 would allocate $1 million during the next three years to increase the number of nurses graduating from Missouri colleges and universities. This extension of the current Caring for Missourians initiative would put a real dent in Missouri’s nursing shortage. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Wayne Wallingford from Cape Girardeau and is supported by Gov. Jay Nixon.
- House Bill 232, sponsored by Rep. Mike Thomson of Maryville, would expand eligibility for the Missouri A+ Scholarship program to any qualifying Missouri student. Currently, only students who attend A+ designated schools can qualify for free tuition at Missouri’s community colleges. Throughout the state, community colleges are a key provider of health care training programs. Expanding eligibility for the A+ Scholarship program to all qualifying Missouri students will result in more health care professionals.
- House Bill 3 would include $12 million in the state budget for Preparing to Care, which will help Missouri colleges to graduate more health care professionals in high-demand fields.
Lawmakers from both political parties have stressed that creating jobs and improving Missouri’s economy is their number one priority this legislative session. One of the smartest things legislators can do for our economy is to help train workers for jobs that already exist and can’t be outsourced.
Please click this link to sign our online petition and show support for these innovative programs that will help our state’s economy and strengthen our communities. http://www.missourihealthmatters.com/how-to-help/missouri-jobs-petition/