Elma, WA – Summit Pacific Medical Center and Grays Harbor Public Hospital District #1 have received nearly $750,000 to start a residency program.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officially announced on Thursday that they have awarded approximately $20 million in Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grants across the nation.
Recipients across 21 states will receive up to $750,000 over a three-year period to develop new rural residency programs while achieving accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
These recipients of the awards include rural hospitals, community health centers, health centers operated by the Indian Health Service, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and schools of medicine.
In Washington the only programs receiving these funds include the local hospital and Washington State University.
The RRPD program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration and is part of a multi-year initiative to expand the physician workforce in rural areas by developing new, sustainable residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry.
The release states that rural residency programs often face challenges in securing sustainable financing and faculty support and the grant award funding is intended to help recipients address these challenges.
To review a complete list of all grant recipients visit www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/rural-residency-planning-development.
For more information about rural health policy issues visit https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/index.html.
To learn more about HRSA’s healthcare workforce programs, visit https://www.hrsa.gov/about/organization/bureaus/bhw/index.html.