Massachusetts has awarded almost $2 million in grants to help train health care workers to improve service and cut costs.
Gov. Deval Patrick announced the grants to 51 organizations across the state to help them assess how to prepare workers for careers in the 21st century economy.
The recipients may work with hospitals, community centers, and educational institutions to create new ways to deliver health care and train workers to meet new demands on the industry.
The funding comes from health care cost containment legislation that provides $20 million to prepare the health care industry for requirements in the bill.
Patrick announced the funding at Lynn Community Health Center, one of several North Shore institutions partnering with the Service Employees International Union 1199 on a training program. The SEIU received a $37,400 grant.