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  Children's National receives Affordable Care Act dollars to build pediatric primary care workforce
September 30, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Children's National Medical Center was awarded a $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for Expanding Primary Care Residency Training. The grant, which is funded in the recently-enacted health reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will fund an expansion of the Community Health Track within Children’s Pediatric Residency program.

“This HRSA grant demonstrates Children’s leadership in preparing the next generation of primary care doctors to tackle the needs of the most underserved children regionally, nationally, and internationally,” said Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, vice chair of Medical Education at Children’s National. “We are excited to have the opportunity to train even more community health track-focused residents, so that we can provide the high quality care that Children’s is known for to more of the children who need it most.”

The community health track of the Children’s Pediatric Residency program is designed to address the primary care needs of the more than 100,000 children living in Washington, DC, paying special attention to the needs of underserved children, who experience enormous health disparities as compared to children in most other U.S. communities. Those disparities include dramatically higher rates of obesity, drug use, asthma, mental health needs, and sickle cell anemia.

It is estimated that 75 percent of community health track graduates will transition to pediatric primary care following the conclusion of their training. The additional grant funding over the next five years will allow an additional 20 pediatric residents to be trained in the community health track, a number that will be maintained by Children’s National even after the federal funding concludes. Services provided through this grant will be administered through the Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health, as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers in the District of Columbia. Community health track residents will also provide community outreach for successful Children’s National programs to manage asthma and obesity.

The Primary Care Residency Expansion program of HRSA funds 82 accredited primary care residency training programs to increase the number of residents trained in general pediatrics, general internal medicine, and family medicine. By 2015, the program will support the training of 889 new primary care residents over the number currently being trained.

“Since 1870, Children’s National has provided health care services to the children of the nation’s capital,” said Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, senior vice president for the Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health. “It has always been our hope that this program will serve as a model for other cities and states to successfully increase pediatric primary care providers, and to ultimately help more children. This grant will help us get closer to that goal.”

Contact Jennifer Stinebiser or Paula Darte at 202.476-4500.

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Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 283 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit www.ChildrensNational.org, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.