Growing Our Own: Cultivating the Next Generation of Primary Care Physicians in Community Health Centers
Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Operations, Promising/Best Practices, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations, Value-Based Health Care Transformation, Workforce
Resource Subtopic: Financial performance improvement, Sustainability, Administrative Policies, Human Resources, Patient Centered Medical Home, Health Equity, Population Health, Patient-Centered Health Outcomes, Programs and Services, Value-Based Payment, Development/Training, Recruitment and Retention.
Keywords: Access to Care, Hiring, Integrated Care, Policies and Procedures, Quadruple Aim (Formerly Triple Aim), Safety Net Providers, Staffing and Onboarding, Strategic Planning, Team-Based Care.
Year Developed: 2017
Resource Type: Publication
Primary Audience: Board of Directors
C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.)
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff
National Association of Community Health Centers
(See other resources developed by this organization).
Resource Summary: It is critical to advance policies and programs that help community health centers (CHCs) become Educational Health Centers (EHCs)2 and “grow their own” primary care training opportunities. This paper explores several pathways for promoting CHCs as teaching environments - enhanced partnerships between Academic Medical Centers (AMCs) and CHCs (with either the AMC or the CHC as the sponsoring institution3), and CHCs participating in HRSA Teaching Health Center (THC) funding opportunities (with sponsorship either by the CHC alone or by a consortium body) - and posits a spectrum of options and costs associated with each of these pathways to train medical residents.
Resource Details: While more work is needed to create an adequate supply of CHCs in the first place – by some estimates almost half of MUAs lack a health center – one direct path for maximizing the benefit of CHCs where they exist is to support their role as teaching environments, cultivating the next generation of primary
care providers. This paper focuses on residency training for primary care physicians.