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UTRGV School of Medicine Awarded $3.75 Million to Provide Healthcare to Underserved AreasRSS Feed

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Edinburg, Texas (Sept. 13, 2017) – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine has received a $3.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to develop three Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).

The grant, which will allocate $750,000 per year for five years, is intended to help increase access to primary healthcare in rural and underserved areas; develop and enhance education and training networks within communities, academic institutions and community-based organizations; and teach medical and students in other health-related disciplines about the social determinants of health and health disparities

The School of Medicine will establish primary healthcare clinics in three AHECS, which will be operated by the professional healthcare staff, faculty and students of the UTRGV College of Health Affairs and the School of Medicine.

The grant allows the School of Medicine and its partners to build upon the work they’ve been doing in communities throughout the Rio Grande Valley as part of their community partnerships and inter-professional education teams, he said.

The money will support three AHECs in the Valley, and the School of Medicine is working with its county partners to determine the locations of those centers.

As part of the grant, UTRGV is required to match 100 percent of the funds provided by the HRSA which can include faculty time, space for the centers provided by the counties, donations from the localities participating in the inter-professional education teams, and other in-kind donations.

The planning phase of the grant begins Sept. 1. Program initiatives will begin September 2018. The grant ends Aug. 31, 2022, but is subject to renewal.

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