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Teaching Health Centers: The Facts
Located in a variety of settings, including urban, rural and tribal communities, Teaching Health Centers (THC) are located in 27 states across the country, as well as the District of Columbia. They serve a diversity of populations, including U.S. military veterans and their families, minority groups, older adults and children. Currently, there are 742 medical residents in 59 THC programs primarily funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These residents are trained in a variety of medical disciplines, including mental health, primary care and dentistry.
Approximately, 75% of Teaching Health Center programs operate at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), which serve largely underserved communities. Research shows that roughly 36% of THC graduates become primary care providers in nonprofit, community health centers working with marginalized communities, compared to just 2% of traditional medical residents.
Graduating Residents Practicing In: THCGME Traditional GME
Primary Care 82% 23%
Underserved Areas 55% 26%
Rural Settings 20% 5%
Community Health Centers 36% 2%
What Is At Risk?
Though the THCGME program was extended for two years, HRSA recently released program guidance reducing the already-established $150,000 per resident amount to $116,000 per resident. As a result of the reduced funding, many Teaching Health Centers will consider closing or winding down their program. This would be a crippling blow for this exceptional program. In addition, every dollar given to fund Teaching Health Centers is used exclusively for residency training.
Help Solve the National Mental Health Crisis
Teaching Health Centers programs also provide residenciesfor those who focus on providing psychiatric care. In fact, Teaching Health Centers can help solve our country’s mental health crisis where 1 in 5 adults report a mental illness and only 41% have access to psychiatric services. By providing mental health care to those in underserved, marginalized communities, we can begin to address this growing problem and provide patients with the support they need.