Governor Nixon came to Kansas City today to do a quick tour of the School of Nursing and conduct a press conference at UMKC to introduce Caring for Missourians, a new initiative that will train more than 900 additional high-demand, critically needed healthcare professionals each year. He chose to introduce the program at UMKC because it is the largest recipient of funds that will go to 26 two and four year schools and professional programs all over the state. UMKC is the largest recipient because it is the only institution that has all the programs that are part of Caring for Missourians on one campus – Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medicine – as well as a full compliment of the allied health professionals like clinical laboratory science and occupational therapy.
Missouri is facing a dearth of qualified healthcare providers,especially outstate. Let me put that in perspective – we are a state with 114 counties, and 79 of them have provider shortages.