Population Health Workforce Support for Disadvantaged Areas Program (“PWSDA”)

Status Update​

The Population Health Workforce Support for Disadvantaged Areas (PWSDA) program was approved in November 2018 for a 3 year extension through FY 2022 for the Baltimore Population Health Workforce Collaborative.

A summary of FY 2017 and FY 2018 activities under PWSDA and the staff recommendation to extend the grant can be found here.​

Program Overview

On December 9, 2015, the Commission approved the Population Health Work Force Support for Disadvantaged Areas Program and authorized up to $10 million in hospital rates on a competitive basis for hospitals committing to train and hire workers from geographic areas of high economic disparities and unemployment to fill new care coordination, population health, health information exchange, alignment, consumer engagement, and related positions. The ultimate goal is to create community-based jobs with reasonable wages that can contribute to improving population health in Maryland.