Hamilton Community Health Network Awarded Funds for Teaching Health Center

By Natasha Robinson, MPCA Program Specialist

Hamilton Community Health Network was one of 32 Health Centers awarded a portion of $12 million in Affordable Care Act funds to help Teaching Health Centers train primary care providers.

On Friday, July 19, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that the Flint-based Health Center received $150,000 and will begin receiving residents with the 2013-2014 academic year. Administered by the HRSA, the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment Program, created by the Affordable Care Act, expands residency training in community-based settings, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to educate and train residents in family medicine,” said Hamilton Community Health Network Chief Executive Officer Clarence Pierce. “This will strengthen the opportunity to build a pool of potential primary care providers for Flint and Genesee County, and for Hamilton Community Health Network.”

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Teaching Health Centers help attract and prepare students who are committed to serving communities of need.

“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,” Sebelius said.

Residents will be trained in family and internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and general and pediatric dentistry.

“Michigan’s Teaching Health Centers are premium sites for training primary care providers in delivering community-based, patient-centered care to a diverse group of patients and we are excited that Hamilton Community Health Network received funds,” said MPCA Chief Executive Officer Kim Sibilsky. “Health Centers will play an important role in providing care to many newly insured patients as well as those who will remain uninsured, and having providers who know and understand the communities we serve is vital to their health.”

In total, HHS is funding 32 Teaching Health Centers across the nation, and those Health Centers will help train more than 300 residents during the 2013-2014 academic year, doubling the number of residents trained in the previous academic year. Click here for a complete listing of funded Health Centers.

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