The Daniel E. Krause Stone Barn in Chase, Wis., was built in 1903 as dairy farming spread across the state.

Wisconsin state legislators are working with working with the Wisconsin Hospital Association to, among other things, improve rural healthcare.

The rural healthcare proposal includes, reports Hospitals & Health Networks:

• “A $250,000 annual grant program available to hospitals and schools that work together to train allied health professionals such as physical therapists and certified nursing assistants.

• “A $750,000 annual grant program to create a training infrastructure for advanced practice clinicians in rural communities. This would support preceptors, tuition assistance and stipends for living expenses if a student relocates into a rural community for training.

• “More funding for the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program. Created by the Legislature in 2010, this program funds residency opportunities in rural Wisconsin communities, because research shows that doctors frequently establish their practices in an area like the one they completed their residencies.

• ”Matching-fund grants to support the creation of wellness facilities and programs in underserved rural communities. To be eligible, a project must have a hospital or health system involved, and target a community’s health care needs.

• “An annual grant of $100,000 to support quality-improvement activities by rural hospitals.”

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