HRSA has awarded multiple grants to The Wright Center to establish Teaching Health Center locations and expand our medical residency training opportunities. The goal is to increase the number of primary care physicians trained to work with underserved populations in inter-professional teams that emphasize keeping entire communities healthy.
HRSA has made a significant contribution to The Wright Center to establish six new Teaching Health Centers and launch a Family Medicine National Network residency program. In a partnership with A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, the expansion will enable The Wright Center to place residents over the next three years in community health centers around the country.
The Wright Center received $2,175,000 in new Teaching Health Center funding for 2013-2014.
Additionally, as of 2017, HRSA has awarded The Wright Center a Primary Care Teaching Enhancement Grant for the second consecutive year.
HRSA has also awarded The Wright Center, in partnership with A.T. Still University, $61,297 in supplemental funding to develop training that will improve the ability of primary care providers to respond to the opioid epidemic. The Wright Center will use these funds to develop a training course for physician assistants (PAs) on medication-assisted treatment and opioid abuse prevention in medically underserved areas. Practicing PAs, PA faculty, and PA students will be brought together to generate course content, and by capitalizing on The Wright Center’s designation as an Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence, the assembled group of health professionals will be able to create a robust course based on outcomes and best practices for use at partner community health centers and partner PA-training programs. The course will be designed for continuous dissemination via presentations and train-the-trainer sessions at local, regional and national conferences.
HRSA also provides important operational funds to The Wright Center’s Infectious Disease Clinic, which annually provides comprehensive healthcare, prevention education and support services to 400 people within seven surrounding counties.