Wisconsin Medicine announced a new focus on overcoming national workforce shortages and building the healthcare workforce of the future.

A significant donation from Verona-based Epic will kickstart the effort, allowing for the creation and expansion of programs to inspire, train and support the next generation of healthcare workers with a strong focus on impacting historically marginalized communities.

Among the programs receiving support are a new and innovative nursing recruitment program and the expansion of a community-based healthcare apprenticeship program that are both designed to help address barriers to joining and staying in healthcare professions, according to Dr. Alan Kaplan, CEO, UW Health.

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