YOUNGSTOWN, OH (PRWEB) September 30, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HHS HRSA) has awarded Humility of Mary Health Partners a 5-year grant that will total more than $1.1 million to train primary care doctors in the Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
HMHP Foundation staff worked with Rudolph Krafft, MD, director of the family medicine residency program, to apply for this grant in August. Dr. Krafft will serve as the project director.
Over the next five years, the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Project will increase access to and improve the quality of primary care in the area by expanding and enhancing family medicine resident training. The current residency program curriculum will be expanded to include four additional areas: patient-centered medical home (PCMH); cultural competency and health literacy; and team-based interdisciplinary care.
To increase family medicine residents’ familiarity with the concept of the PCMH, a key component of recent health care legislation, community-based training sites will be expanded to family practices and clinics where this model of care is practiced.
Residents will also be provided with enhanced education and training in the care of underserved, vulnerable and special needs populations; team management of chronic diseases; and integrated care.
Care management, recognized as the linchpin in PCMH practice, will be incorporated into the program design and the grant will allow the hiring of care managers to assist resident physicians in identifying and using available resources to provide high quality patient care.
“This grant will enable us to strengthen our current program for family medicine residents,” said Dr. Krafft. “Methods for delivering health care to individuals and the overall population are changing across the nation. This grant will support our efforts to ensure that residents going through the St. Elizabeth program are knowledgeable in both the clinical and personal aspects of caring for their patients and their community.”
Funding approved for the first year of this five-year project is $196,643. Funding recommendations for future years are: $220,789 in 2012; $225,960 in 2013; $231,260 in 2014; and $236,696 in 2015. Funding for 2012 through 2015 is contingent upon satisfactory progress of the project and the availability of funds.
For more information about Humility of Mary Health Partners, go to HMpartners.org.