The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to provide technical assistance (TA) to HRSA’s THCPD Program award recipients, as funded through HRSA-22-107. The THCPD Program supports the development of new community-based programs in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine-pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and geriatrics to address the physician and dental workforce shortages and challenges faced by underserved communities.
Teaching Health Center residency programs are accredited medical and dental residency training programs that primarily train residents in community-based training sites and focus on producing physicians and dentists who will practice in medically underserved communities. For example, one model is the 1+2 Rural Training Track (RTT), where the first year of training occurs within a larger community-based facility such as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), and the final two years occur in a rural health community-based setting.
THCPD Program award recipients may use their funding to support the costs of establishing a community-based residency program, including costs associated with curriculum development; the recruitment, training and retention of residents and faculty; accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA); and faculty salaries during the development phase.
Eligible applicants are domestic public or private, non-profit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations, institutions of higher education, state and local governments, and hospitals that are capable of providing technical assistance, including area health education programs.
Entities must have the capability to be national in scope (i.e., much broader than a local, multi-state, or regional focus). HRSA strongly encourages the applicant organization to have partnerships and/or establish and sustain a consortium to fulfill the full range of activities outlined in this notice. Partner examples include, but are not limited to training sites and/or other entities affiliated with community-based residencies, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine-pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and geriatrics department chairs and medical and dental school deans; State Offices of Rural Health; Area Health Education Centers; Medical, Dental, and Professional Associations involved in residency training such as ACGME and CODA; Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) award recipients; national health center associations; and national rural associations.
Recipients of the THCPD Program (HRSA-22-107) are not eligible to receive funding under this notice. Similarly, the THCPD-TA award recipient will not be eligible for funding under the THCPD Program.
LCDR Tonya Twyman