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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2013

Contact: HHS Press Office
202-690-6343

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

Organization

City

State

Award

Cahaba Medical Care Foundation

Centreville

Ala.

$75,000

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/AHEC West

Little Rock

Ark.

$150,000

Fresno Healthy Communities Access Partners

Fresno

Calif.

$150,000

Valley Consortium for Medical Education

Modesto

Calif.

$712,500

Shasta Community Health Center

Redding

Calif.

$150,000

Social Action Community Health System

San Bernardino

Calif.

$525,000

Connecticut Institute for Communities, Inc.

Danbury

Conn.

$112,500

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho

Boise

Idaho

$225,000

Northwestern University/McGaw

Chicago

Ill.

$862,500

Primary Health Care, Inc.

Des Moines

Iowa

$375,000

Appalachian Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute Consortium (A-OPTIC)

Pikeville

Ky.

$75,000

Penobscot Community Health Center

Bangor

Maine

$150,000

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Lawrence

Mass.

$225,000

Detroit Wayne County Health Authority

Detroit

Mich.

$1,012,500

Hamilton Community Health Network

Flint

Mich.

$150,000

Ozark Center

Joplin

Mo.

$75,000

Montana Family Medicine Residency

Billings

Mont.

$112,500

Hidalgo Medical Services, Inc.

Lordsburg

N.M.

$75,000

Long Island FQHC

East Meadow

N.Y.

$525,000

Institute for Family Health

New York

N.Y.

$1,350,000

Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc.

Asheville

N.C.

$75,000

Tahlequah Medical Group

Tahlequah

Okla.

$225,000

Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority

Talihina

Okla.

$225,000

Morton Comprehensive Health Services

Tulsa

Okla.

$150,000

Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma

Tulsa

Okla.

$975,000

Cornerstone Care, Inc.

Greensboro

Pa.

$150,000

Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education

Scranton

Pa.

$2,175,000

Lone Star Community Health Center

Conroe

Texas

$262,500

Puyallup Tribal Health Authority

Tacoma

Wash.

$225,000

Community Health of Central Washington

Yakima

Wash.

$375,000

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Yakima/Toppenish

Wash.

$150,000

Community Health Systems

Beckley

West Va.

$337,500

TOTAL   $12,412,500

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