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Valadao Announces HHS Grant to Valley Health Team

Funding will Support Central Valley Teaching Health Centers

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Washignton, August 18, 2017 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
oday, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) announced Valley Health Team, a Federally Qualified Health Center, as the recipient of grant funding to benefit their Teaching Health Center (THC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Payment Program.
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HANFORD - Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) announced Valley Health Team, a Federally Qualified Health Center, as the recipient of grant funding to benefit their Teaching Health Center (THC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Payment Program.

The grant, totaling $232,416 is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Teaching Health Center (THC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Payment Program grants are awarded directly to Teaching Health Centers located predominantly in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics, and Tribal Health Centers, which prioritize health care for underserved communities and vulnerable populations, such as California's Central Valley.

Following notification from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Representative David G. Valadao stated, "Teaching Health Centers provide critical health care services many families rely on, especially those in underserved, rural communities." He went on, “As I continue my work to expand and strengthen Teaching Health Centers, I am pleased Valley Health Team will have access to additional funding to train and educate the next generation of doctors, and ultimately, improve access to health care for families throughout the Central Valley."

The Teaching Health Center (THC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Payment Program was created in 2010 to address the shortage of primary care physicians in rural and medically underserved communities. Today, the Program currently supports 742 residents at 59 Teaching Health Centers throughout the nation, six of which are located in the State of California, including Clinica Sierra Vista in Bakersfield, California.

In July, Congressman David Valadao (CA-21) and Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10) introduced H.R. 3451, legislation which expands the THCGME program by a total of twenty new centers, requiring the establishment of at least ten entirely new residency program centers. H.R. 3451, the Creating Additional Residency Expansion Act (CARE Act) provides $57 million over fiscal years 2019 through 2020 to fund an additional 240 residency slots. Furthermore, the CARE Act directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to prioritize centers located in counties with high Medicaid populations - such as California's Central Valley.

For more information on Congressman Valadao's work to expand Teaching Health Centers, please visit his website.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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