HHS awards nearly $9 million to Cahaba Medical Care Foundation

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $8.64 million for three awards to the Cahaba Medical Care Foundation in Centerville.

The awards are given to select teaching health centers that operate primary care medicine and dentistry residency programs that include high-need specialties such as psychiatry and are part of President Joe’s “Unit Program” Biden to address the nation’s mental health crisis.

Cahaba Medical Care is the only such teaching health center in the state.

“For CMC, this means Bibb County serves as a training ground for twelve resident physicians who learn to care for all patients – regardless of insurance, financial, and/or physical status,” the website reads. CMC.

Cahaba Medical Care is a Community Health Center (FQHC), accredited as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Quality Assurance Committee (NCQA) and the Joint Commission. They have locations throughout central Alabama serving Bibb, Perry, Chilton, and Jefferson counties.

These awards — supported by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and fiscal year 2022 funds — come at an important time when the nation’s healthcare workforce is facing challenges, as the Surgeon General’s Advisory recently pointed out. Addressing Health Worker Burnout.

“Having access to primary care and mental health support is critical to one’s health and well-being,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said. “Increasing the number of trained primary care residents in community health centers and other outpatient community clinics is a key part of the Biden-Harris administration’s plan to address longstanding health inequalities in our communities. most vulnerable communities. We will continue to expand the primary care workforce supply chain to help meet community needs.

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HRSA’s Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program focuses on supporting residents in primary care residency training programs to meet the medical and mental health care needs of rural and underserved communities. . It represents an important step towards improving much-needed access to quality health care services.

“We are leading efforts to build a stronger primary care and mental health workforce to meet the needs of historically underserved communities by supporting primary care training programs that include psychiatry,” said Carole Johnson, administrator of the HRSA. “The U.S. bailout has been a game-changer to expand this critical program and help us build a workforce that best reflects and serves the communities that need these resources the most.”

These awards are part of the Biden-Harris administration’s work to expand and improve the distribution of the country’s primary care workforce in economically disadvantaged areas. HRSA’s previous investments under the U.S. bailout support the planning and development of even more primary care residency programs in health centers.

See the list of winners here.

Learn more about University Health Center’s graduate medical education program and its impact on the community.