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April 24, 2020

Health care workers prepare to skill up for work in COVID-19 alternate care sites

Missouri health care workers and the University of Missouri are preparing to meet COVID-19 related challenges as the state moves forward with plans to safely and gradually reopen the economy.

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, MU Extension, and University of Missouri Health Care have partnered with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and its Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MO DMAT-1) to provide training for health care workers who have applied to work in COVID-19 alternate care sites. 

“We consider it our duty and the highest privilege to assist our citizens by training those who are on the front lines of this public health battle,” said Mun Choi, president of the University of Missouri System. “We are so appreciative for all the work these health care heroes have done already during this crisis. We are proud to offer our assistance in any way that we can.”

These partnerships are in response to Governor Mike Parson’s “Show Me Strong” Recovery Plan to expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities.

“Multiple state agencies are working with private entities to equip medical professionals to respond to COVID-19 needs,” said Zora Mulligan, commissioner of higher education. “We’re grateful the health care community across the state has responded to the call to serve in key geographic regions.”

Earlier this month, Governor Parson announced the state of Missouri’s efforts to recruit medical personnel to help supplement the state’s current health care workforce during the COVID-19 response. More than 1,700 people have applied to join MO DMAT-1, a specialized state team that responds to critical health emergencies. As of today, 151 qualified professionals have been officially hired through the request portal, set up in partnership with the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Training content will be delivered online, at no additional cost, by Mosby, a St. Louis-based division of Elsevier and will be tailored to each applicant’s background.

Learn more about MO DMAT-1 at: https://sema.dps.mo.gov/operations/modmat-momort.htm

MO DMAT-1 is currently only hiring for respiratory therapists. Qualified medical professionals may apply online at: on.mo.gov/joindmat



About the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development: The department works to empower Missourians with the skills and education needed for success. More information about MDHEWD can be found at https://dhewd.mo.gov or on Facebook and Twitter @MoDHEWD.