Beebe Healthcare and Bayhealth Medical Center were each awarded three-year grants of $750,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to establish residency programs in Delaware.
“The health challenges in rural America are clear: Rural communities face a greater risk of poor health outcomes than their urban counterparts,” said George Sigounas, MS, PhD, HRSA administrator. “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.”
This grant is part of a larger $20 million multi-year initiative by HRSA to expand the physician workforce in rural areas by developing new, sustainable residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry. Award recipients include rural hospitals, community health centers, schools of medicine, and health centers operated by the Indian Health Service, Indian tribes or tribal organizations.
“Training residents in rural areas is one strategy shown to successfully encourage graduates to practice in rural settings,” said Tom Morris, HRSA associate administrator for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. “The rural residency grants set up these 27 future residency programs for success.”
“We know that clinicians who train in rural settings are more likely to continue to practice there after they complete their residencies,” said Dr. Luis Padilla, HRSA associate administrator for the Bureau of Health Workforce. “Rural communities are more likely to have a shortage of health professionals. The rural residency grants are one more way HRSA is helping to expand the health workforce and increase access to quality healthcare for these communities.”