DRA, HRSA Announce New Funding Opportunity for Rural Health Workforce Training

June 04, 2021

Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program will aid development of strategic workforce training for critical health administrative support occupations.

CLARKSDALE, MS – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), today announces the Notice for Funding Opportunity for the Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program to support education and training for future and current health administration professionals in the rural counties and parishes of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions.

“The Delta Regional Authority is proud to collaborate with HRSA to develop and support the Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program,” said DRA Chief of Staff Brian Henson.  “The program funds specialized training, such as medical coding, billing, and clinical documentation, to advance the skillsets of hospital administrative professionals.  This investment is a critical step toward securing the viability of rural healthcare systems in the Delta.”

The Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program addresses the ongoing need in rural healthcare facilities for trained administrative support or business operations professionals through the development of strategic networks that support recruitment, formal training, certification, and placement of students.  The program will support training in the following critical administrative support occupations:  medical coding and billing, claims processing, information management, and clinical documentation. 

Eligible applicants include domestic public, private, and non-profit organizations, including tribes and tribal organizations, faith-based and community-based organizations, and accredited domestic institutions of higher education including public and/or private non-profit educational entities, such as four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, technical colleges, vocational schools, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) located within the eight-state DRA region.

HRSA will be sharing more information about the new program during a technical assistance webinar on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET.  Registration is not required, but those interested in applying for the program are encouraged to attend. 

For more information and to apply, view the Notice of Funding Opportunity on grants.gov.  All applications must received by Friday, July 9, 2021.


About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt.  DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

DRA Media Contact:
Shawna Blair