Natividad Wins Health Care Workforce Grant
September 12, 2012
Natividad Medical Center's family practice program was one of five in the state to receive a nearly $210,000 grant from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
On Wednesday morning, OSHPD announced 29 grants (most of them for smaller amounts) through the Song-Brown program, totaling about $2.9 million.
The Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act of 1973 increases the number of health professional training slots in medical schools, and contributes funding to family practice residency, nurse practitioner, physician assistant and registered nurse education programs.
“Educating and training these new medical professionals improves quality and access for all Californians as we continue to promote a diverse and competent health care workforce,” OSHPD Director Robert David said in a statement.
And that expanded workforce is likely to become increasingly necessary: Five million Californians are expected gain health care coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.
The grants will fund 56 residents in total; four of those are at Natividad.