Frederick M. Chen; Sarah A. Lesko; Bruce Gray
Potential Conflicts of Interest: The authors are affiliated with the Education Health Center Initiative, a nonprofit partnership to promote collaboration between residency training programs and health centers.
Chen F., Lesko S., Gray B.; Teaching Health Centers and the Primary Care Workforce Crisis for the Underserved. Ann Intern Med. 2010;152:616. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-152-9-201005040-00018
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2010;152(9):616.
TO THE EDITOR:
Rieselbach and colleagues (1) highlight the urgent workforce shortage in CHCs and the increasing interest in the “health center” concept. Current language in the health reform bill provides funding for support and creation of health centers as a potential solution to the workforce shortage for the underserved.
As the authors acknowledge, the idea of health centers is not new, and family medicine residencies have partnered extensively with CHCs for more than 25 years. These partnerships can help inform the health center model and bring to light crucial policy attributes necessary to best support fully functional health centers.
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