Wright State University has been awarded more than $450,000 to help train and prepare primary care physicians for the changing world of family practice at a time when the nation is facing a shortage of primary care providers.
Nearly 20 percent of Americans have inadequate or no access to primary care physicians because of a shortage of providers, even though a majority of them are insured, according to a recent report by the National Association of Community Health Centers and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The Wright State grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is intended to help strengthen the primary care workforce by enhancing clinical training for new models of practice, such as patient-centered medical homes — a new model of care that involves coordinating and customizing services for individual patients.
“This (grant) gives us the money to expand curriculum and teaching in that regard,” said Dr. Therese Zink, professor and chair of the department of family medicine at Wright State’s Boonshoft School of Medicine. “Health care is transforming into inner-professional teams…so it’s not just the doctor and the patient anymore, it’s the doctor and his team and the patient, depending on what the patient’s needs are.”
The grant, for $451,764, was part of more than $149 million in new HRSA awards through 12 workforce programs to prepare the next generation of skilled, diverse primary care providers to serve communities in need across the country.
“These awards will help increase access to quality health care for all Americans by educating and training culturally competent providers who are prepared to practice in high-need areas,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “By encouraging partnerships among academic institutions, clinicians, health care sites and public health entities, we can improve health outcomes in under-served communities.”