HRSA awards $8.8 million to support clinicians in underserved areas

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Elizabeth M. Duke, administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has announced $8.8 million in grants to increase the number of primary care clinicians serving in federally designated health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) and to improve behavioral healthcare for the medically underserved.

HRSA designated 24 awards worth $7 million to help state health departments and other state entities administer loan repayment programs and support primary care providers who serve in HPSAs.

The additional $1.8 million was divided into 18 awards that went to universities and medical institutions in the Graduate Psychology Education Program to train behavioral and mental health psychologists to work with individuals and families in medically underserved areas.

Federal contributions generally provide up to 50 percent of program funds, and states or communities match the federal endowment or may contribute more.