By Natasha Robinson, MPCA Communications Specialist
Two groups have teamed up to establish a Teaching Health Center in Wayne County after receiving funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Residents will complete rotations through several Detroit area Health Centers.
The Detroit Wayne County Health Authority (Health Authority) and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU) will receive a grant of $21 million over three years to have post-graduate rotations through Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other safety net providers.
Residents will rotate through Health Centers operated by Covenant Community Care, Detroit Community Health Connection, The Wellness Plan, Western Wayne Family Health Centers, and Family Medical Center of Michigan as part of the Teaching Health Center Program.
HRSA also approved funding for 85 new primary care positions in addition to funding the Teaching Health Center — all as a tool to expand primary care services in medically underserved areas. The Health Center will be established in Detroit, Health Authority CEO Chris Allen said in a statement.
“The first step toward alleviating the chronic provider shortage in medically-underserved areas is to train primary care physicians in this setting,” Allen said. “We believe that many of these physicians will choose to locate here permanently following their residency.”
Ed Larkins, Executive Director of Family Medical Center of Michigan, said in a statement that he is pleased to be part of the program.
“It will be a great benefit to the residents of the communities served by us and other Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in southeastern Michigan,” Larkins said. “This program will bring additional needed medical resources into underserved communities.”
The Teaching Health Center is funded by the Affordable Care Act.