Germane Solution’s Population and Community Health Service Line: RRPD Grant Opportunity


 Author: Treven W. Cade


COVID-19, along with the physician shortage, has caused federal and state governments to expand health care funding through grants and other means. One such recurring grant opportunity that will have a prominent impact on improving the health status of rural populations, who are generally the most impacted by the physician shortage, is 2022’s iteration of the Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Program. Germane’s Population and Community Health Service Line has helped develop multiple RRPD grants; and through assisting with post-award management, Germane has seen the impact the development of new core programs have had on the surrounding community.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has recently started to accept applications for this grant opportunity with a December 20th deadline for submission. Per the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the RRPD, HRSA anticipates to award up to 14 grants with a total award amount of $750,000 over a three-year period; and eligible applicants include rural hospitals, rural community-based patient care centers, health centers operated by tribes or tribal organizations, graduate medical education consortiums, and faith-based and community-based organizations. The purpose of the grant is to implement new residency programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Preventative Medicine, Psychiatry, General Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. It will be the expectation of the awarded recipients to achieve accreditation of their programs, ensure the funding required to sustain the program, and track the resident’s careers after their graduation from the program. It ought to be emphasized that this is a planning and development opportunity; therefore, it can be effectively utilized by institutions to obtain the resources to draft and implement new rural programs.

The residency programs this opportunity targets will be the most applicable to provide rural populations with needed primary care. More so, these core programs allow for these institutions to expand their graduate medical education footprint by providing a foundation for other specialty programs to be built upon. As rural communities hope to address their population’s health care needs, the planning and development grant provides them with the means and structure to create future residency programs.

Germane encourages eligible organizations to apply for the RRPD opportunity because it educates and develops future primary care physicians with an emphasis on rural communities.

Germane’s Population and Community Health Service Line has been unanimously successful in assisting organizations in receiving complete funding from several grant opportunities and has helped manage the finance and HRSA communication of the award recipients to develop any subsequent programs. As healthcare funding has expanded, Germane has sought to adapt and utilize our expertise to help our clientele utilize grant opportunities and efficiently manage the post-award process.

To get in touch with a Germane Grant expert, please contact Ian Sullivan at Isullivan@germane-solutions.com or 513-324-7482 or drop us a note at www.germane-solutions.com/contact-us

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