AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills has unveiled some new initiatives from her Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan to encourage people to pursue health care jobs in Maine.
During the pandemic, the Mills administration put together an economic recovery plan that includes three specific goals: immediate economic recovery, long-term economic growth for Maine, and infrastructure revitalization.
“We took that plan to the legislature and with a few minor changes, they passed it. It is now law,” said Mills.
The governor said the jobs and recovery plan aims to strengthen the state’s healthcare workforce.
“I’m announcing four initiatives, all funded by more than $14 million from the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan. That is federal money especially for this kind of thing, to help states recover from the pandemic,” said Mills.
According to Janet Mills, these initiatives will include a 4 million dollar investment in scholarship and student loan relief for healthcare workers.
It also includes an $8.5 million investment for current healthcare workers cost-free, a $1.5 million investment in a recruitment campaign, and a $600,000 investment for healthcare career navigators.
“With these initiatives, we want to make it easier and more affordable for young people to move up the career ladder to higher-paying jobs and make it more efficient and make a good wage with benefits at the same time,” said Mills.
Chuck Hayes, president and CEO of Maine General Medical Center, said the initiatives will be helpful.
“That’s why the resources the government is talking about today is so important. Reducing the financial barriers to health care education is critical,” Hayes said.