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Connecticut launched a higher education initiative Wednesday to bridge the state’s shortage of nurses and behavioral health workers.

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The three-year program is designed to support students pursuing degrees in nursing and social work.

“Connecticut’s nurses have worked tirelessly as they have battled this global pandemic,” said Terrence Cheng, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. “And our social workers and our counselors have done equal duty, helping thousands across our state navigate COVID’s darkest days.”

Connecticut isn’t alone in trying to address the shortage of health care providers — the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a looming shortage of thousands of primary care physicians in the next decade.

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