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PA Program at Le Moyne to Receive $650,000 Federal Grant for Primary Care Training

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a $650,000 federal grant to Le Moyne College to support training in primary care medicine through its Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program. The grant – one of only 18 nationwide and one of just two in the northeast – will provide $130,000 annually to Le Moyne’s PA program over five years. The College was one of only three recipients in the current round of grant recipients to receive the maximum level of funding available.

The purpose of the five-year grant is to address the increasing gap between the supply of and demand for culturally competent physician assistants to meet the needs of the nation’s primary care system. The HRSA funding will enable Le Moyne to enhance and expand the primary care curriculum in both the didactic and clinical years of the PA program by increasing the mental health, chronic care, health literacy and preventive medicine models.

“We are thrilled and grateful to receive this funding, particularly because of the wide-ranging impact this will have on our students and the community in providing services that will benefit so many individuals,” said Le Moyne Provost Linda LeMura, Ph.D. “This award is a tremendous reaffirmation of the quality, reach and strength of the College’s PA program.”

Le Moyne will use high fidelity simulation laboratories and problem-based learning curriculum to focus on the linkages between health disparities and cultural competence. The overall goal of the federal Primary Care Training Initiative is to increase the number of primary care providers, particularly those who practice in underserved areas. The proposed enhancements to the Le Moyne PA program will better prepare Le Moyne graduates to meet the Healthy People 2020 goal of reducing health disparities. Issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Healthy People 2020 agenda provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.

Established in 1996, the Le Moyne PA program now enrolls 82 students and has been the recipient of several significant federal grants in recent years. This most recent HRSA grant announcement brings the total federal funding awarded to the Le Moyne PA program over the past three years to more than $2.5 million.

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posted on: 9/23/2011