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Grant will help fight Georgia’s physician shortage

A $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration will help Georgia Regents University continue its efforts to diversify Georgia’s health care workforce.

The five-year grant will continue funding for the Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Center Network, a partnership coordinated by GRU that aims to boost the supply of health professionals and distribute more of them in rural and underserved areas of the state.

“Georgia’s AHEC network is really a partnership of health providers, health professions students, educators, state agencies and communities, who are committed to resolving these problems,” said Executive Director Denise Kornegay. “That’s done by providing educational support to health professionals – both when they are students and when they are practitioners.”

There are six Area Health Education Centers scattered across Georgia and a program office, located at GRU. They offer a wide-range of programs, Kornegay said. “We serve students as they move through the pipeline of health education. We help recruit the best and brightest, support them through their clinical training and then we help ensure they stay in the state after they graduate.”

The keys to addressing the state’s shortages are a good foundation and balance across all phases of health care education, she said. “Much of the work we do will not bear fruit for 3 to -10 years as participants travel across the education pipeline. Our work demands investment over time, but it is solid and enduring.”

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Posted by Sonja Roberts
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