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
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
FY 2014 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
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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