GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Rocky Mountain Health Foundation (RMHF) has awarded grants totaling $564,000 to organizations on the Western Slope.

Grants from the Workforce Development Fund will specifically address the healthcare workforce shortage by providing funding to organizations that support women, people of color, and people with low income who are seeking to begin or further their careers in behavioral health or health care, such as Medical Assistant (MA), Community Health Worker (CHW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Certified Addiction Specialist (ACC), for example.

The Rocky Mountain Health Foundation board of directors approved funding to 19 organizations from 8 Western Slope counties to help fund scholarships, paid internships, and living-expense stipends for behavioral health or healthcare related degrees or certifications as well as professional supervision for licensure that will ultimately improve the capacity to meet patient/client healthcare needs across the Western Slope.

Grant recipient Kate Hartzell, Executive Director of Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center, said “We are so grateful to have partners like Rocky Mountain Health Foundation who share our commitment to developing a health workforce uniquely qualified to meet the needs of our culturally rich region. We believe that by creating educational opportunities for diverse community members in Southwestern Colorado, we can increase access to high quality health services. By focusing on health equity, we use the strengths and resilience of our communities to address health disparities and increase wellness.

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation was established in 2017 to improve the health of people living on the Western Slope by investing in community assets and by acting as a catalyst for new approaches. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Health Foundation and to see a detailed list of recently funded projects, visit .

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