Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced July 7 that $83.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding will go to support primary care residency programs in 60 Teaching Health Centers across the nation. The funding will help train more than 550 residents during the 2014-2015 academic year, increasing the number of residents trained in the previous academic year by more than 200 and helping to increase access to healthcare in communities across the country, according to a news release.
This program not only provides training to primary care medical and dental residents, but also galvanizes communities, HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, RN, PhD, said in the release, 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.
Created by the Affordable Care Act, the Teaching Health Center Program expands residency training in community-based settings. Residents will be trained in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, geriatrics and general dentistry.
The recent awards expand the number of states with Teaching Health Centers from 21 to 24. Teaching Health Centers are located in a variety of settings, including urban, rural, and tribal communities and serve diverse populations.
Grant awardees include Cahaba Medical Care Foundation, Centreville, Ala.; Fresno Healthy Communities Access Partners, Fresno, Calif.; Valley Consortium for Medical Education, Modesto, Calif.; Connecticut Institute for Communities Inc., Danbury, Conn.; Primary Health Care Inc., Des Moines, Iowa; Northwestern University/McGaw, Chicago; Detroit Wayne County Health Authority; Long Island FQHC, East Meadow, N.Y.; Institute for Family Health (Harlem), New York; Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, Scranton, Pa.; and Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education/A.T. Still, Scranton, Pa., among others.
A full list of awards is available at www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2014tables/teachinghealthcenters.