HHS awards $20M to bolster rural residency programs

HHS is giving $20 million to 27 organizations around the country to help them set up rural medical residency programs over the next three years.

The Rural Residency Planning and Development Program is part of an initiative of the Health Resources and Services Administration, which has been working over the past few years to expand the ranks of primary care physicians and psychiatrists in rural America.

"The health challenges in rural America are clear: Rural communities face a greater risk of poor health outcomes than their urban counterparts," HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, PhD, said in a press release. "Programs like the Rural Residency Planning and Development grants take aim at one of the most persistent disparities: access to high-quality healthcare providers. HRSA is committed to increasing the number of providers serving rural communities and improving health in rural America."

Awardees include hospitals, community health centers, centers operated by the Indian Health Service and medical schools. A full list is available here.

 

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