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About the Program
The purpose of this program is to prepare new Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to effectively provide primary care by supporting the establishment, expansion and/or enhancement of existing community-based Nurse Practitioner (NP) residency and fellowship training programs that are accredited or in the accreditation process. The program also focuses on the integration of behavioral health and/or maternal health into primary care by training new primary care providers (adult, family, adult gerontology, pediatric and women’s health NPs), behavioral health providers (psychiatric/mental health NPs) and/or Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) to transition from education completion to practice, in community-based settings. The applicant must train these postgraduate APRNs who will serve in primary care settings with a focus on improving access to quality healthcare for rural, urban, and tribal underserved populations. Program Goals 1. Support expansion or enhancement of primary care NP residency programs. 2. Increase the number of new primary care, behavioral health and maternal health NPs serving in rural, urban, and tribal underserved community-based settings. 3. Integrate behavioral health and maternal health care into community-based primary care NP residency programs. Program Objectives • Support new primary care providers through the establishment, expansion, or enhancement of NP residency programs in community-based settings. • Strengthen the clinical competency and readiness for practice of new primary care NPs through didactic and clinical training that equips participants with the skills and knowledge to provide care for the complex co-morbidities and multi-level chronic health and social needs of communities. • Increase access to quality primary care providers through the placement of residency completers in rural, urban, and tribal underserved community-based settings. • Expand academic practice partnerships to provide learning opportunities which integrate primary care, behavioral health and maternal health domains of practice. These partnerships should promote health equity, improve diversity of the workforce to address the needs of the populations they serve, and address workforce wellness and resiliency. For more details, see Program Requirements and Expectations.
Who Can Apply
Eligible entities are accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers (nurse managed health clinics/centers), academic health centers, state, or local governments and other nonprofit private or public entities determined appropriate by the HHS Secretary, such as Rural Health Clinics, FQHCs, or HRSA-supported health centers. Community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply, if otherwise eligible. See Section IV.2.vi.1 for further details. Eligible applicants located in the 50 states of the U.S., the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau, may apply for these funds. Individuals and foreign entities are not eligible for this HRSA award.
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