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Grants to USA Community-Based Medical Centers to Support Professional Development for Healthcare Workers

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93.530 -- Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment

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Teaching Health Center Planning and Development (THCPD) Program

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Bureau of Health Workforce

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #197580

Grant Description

Grants to USA community-based patient-care centers to promote health-based residencies that support professional development. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to create and develop accredited primary care residency programs within the sub-categories of pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and geriatrics. The goal of the grant program is to address the physician workforce shortages and challenges faced by rural and underserved communities. THCPD funding may be used to support the development of new residency programs only.

The purpose of this grant program is to make awards to establish new accredited community-based primary care medical or dental residency programs and residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine-pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, or geriatrics to address shortages in the primary care physician and dental workforce shortages and challenges faced by in rural and underserved communities.

This NOFO will support the establishment of approved graduate medical and dental residency training programs for physicians and dentists.

This program aims to increase primary care physician and dental residency training in community-based patient care settings by providing funds to support the development of new programs in these settings, which are often located in underserved areas where resources may not be easily attainable. As such, THCPD funding may only be utilized to support the development of new physician and dental accredited residency programs within the disciplines listed above and throughout this NOFO.

The goal for the THCPD program is for each recipient to establish a new community-based residency program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has a strong sustainability plan for a stable future financial outlook by the end of the period of performance. All THCPD program recipients should be capable of effectively training physician and/or dentist residents to practice in and meet the clinical needs of rural and underserved populations. As a result, the proportion of graduates from these programs entering careers in practices primarily serving rural and underserved populations is expected to markedly exceed that seen in other residency training programs.

Funds provided through the THCPD program may be used to support the costs of establishing community-based residency program. This includes costs associated with curriculum development; recruitment, training and retention of residents and faculty; resident stipends (after accreditation has been achieved) for a period of up to one year during the 2-year period of performance; accreditation by the ACGME or CODA; and faculty salaries during the development phase. 

For more information about program objectives, see Page 5 of the RFP document listed in Supporting Documents below.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible entity is a community-based ambulatory patient care center that:
i. Will operate an accredited primary care residency program. Specific examples of eligible outpatient settings include, but are not limited to:
- Federally qualified health centers, as defined in section 1905(l)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 1396d(l)(2)(B)];
- Community mental health centers, as defined in section 1861(ff)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 1395x(ff)(3)(B)];
- Rural health clinics, as defined in section 1861(aa)(2) of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 1395x(aa)(2)];
- Health centers operated by the Indian Health Service, an Indian tribe or tribal organization, or an urban Indian organization (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act [25 U.S.C. 1603]); and
- An entity receiving funds under Title X of the PHS Act. The list of entities above is not exhaustive but does reflect the intent of the program to provide training in community-based settings such as those served by the institutions listed.
ii. Has collaborated to form a community-based GME consortium that will operate an accredited primary care residency program. In order to satisfy accreditation, academic and administrative responsibilities, a community-based ambulatory patient care center may form a GME consortium with stakeholders (e.g., academic health centers, universities and/or medical schools) where the GME consortium will serve as the institutional sponsor of an accredited primary care residency program. The relationship between the community-based ambulatory patient care center and the consortium must be legally binding, and the agreement establishing the relationship must describe the roles and responsibilities of each entity.

Within the consortium, the community-based ambulatory care center is expected to play an integral role in the academic, financial, and administrative operations of the residency. THCPD payments must be used to support residency planning and development activities at the ambulatory training site.

Pre-Application Information:

The application due date under this NOFO is December 12, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET. HRSA suggests you submit your application to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

If you fail to allow ample time to complete registration with SAM or, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the electronic submission requirement.

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current immediately. HRSA will not approve deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems may take up to 1 month to complete.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 47 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $500,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: April 1, 2023, through March 31, 2025 (2 years)

Contact Information:

Direct questions to:
Crystal Waters, DNP, FNP-BC
Project Officer, Division of Medicine and Dentistry
Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA
Telephone: (301) 287-0050

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.

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