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HHS awards $12 million to help Teaching Health Centers train primary care providers
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $12 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support primary care residency programs in 32 Teaching Health Centers across the nation. Funding will help train more than 300 residents during the 2013-2014 academic year, doubling the number of residents trained in the previous academic year.
Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment Program, created by the Affordable Care Act, expands residency training in community-based settings. Residents will be trained in family and internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and general and pediatric dentistry.
“Teaching Health Centers help attract students who are committed to serving communities of need and prepare them to practice in these communities,” Secretary Sebelius said. “Students exposed to training opportunities in health center settings are more likely to stay in these communities and continue to contribute to the care of their residents.”
Today’s awards expand the number of states with Teaching Health Centers to 21, from 14 in 2012. Teaching Health Centers are located in a variety of settings, including urban, rural, and Tribal communities, and serve populations such as veterans and their families, minority communities, older adults, children and adolescents.
“This program not only provides training to primary care medical and dental residents, but also galvanizes communities,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “It brings hospitals, academic centers, health centers, and community organizations together to provide top-notch medical education and services in areas of the country that need them most.”
A list of awards follows:
Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment Program Awards
|Cahaba Medical Care Foundation|
|University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/AHEC West|
|Fresno Healthy Communities Access Partners|
|Valley Consortium for Medical Education|
|Shasta Community Health Center|
|Social Action Community Health System|
|Connecticut Institute for Communities, Inc.|
|Family Medicine Residency of Idaho|
|Primary Health Care, Inc.|
|Appalachian Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute Consortium (A-OPTIC)|
|Penobscot Community Health Center|
|Greater Lawrence Family Health Center|
|Detroit Wayne County Health Authority|
|Hamilton Community Health Network|
|Montana Family Medicine Residency|
|Hidalgo Medical Services, Inc.|
|Long Island FQHC|
|Institute for Family Health|
|Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc.|
|Tahlequah Medical Group|
|Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority|
|Morton Comprehensive Health Services|
|Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma|
|Cornerstone Care, Inc.|
|Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education|
|Lone Star Community Health Center|
|Puyallup Tribal Health Authority|
|Community Health of Central Washington|
|Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic|
|Community Health Systems|
For additional information, visit the Teaching Health Centers website at http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/grants/teachinghealthcenters/index.html.
To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, go to www.healthcare.gov.
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Last revised: August 5, 2013