Detroit – The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is giving more than $15 million to an effort to help support health care providers.

Those involved announced Wednesday that Transformational Healthcare Readiness through Innovative Vocational Education, or THRIVE, will start as a pilot project involving the Cleveland Clinic in northeast Ohio, Catholic Health in western New York and Ascension Michigan in southeast Michigan.

Officials say the program was conceived by Cleveland Clinic and will run for three years. In all, it’s backed by more than $20 million. The program includes screening tools, life skills support and enhanced training. It seeks to help improve recruitment and retention in health care jobs.

Wilson was the owner of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. He lived in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Shores and died in 2014.

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