RRCC receives million dollar grant

Money will support physician assistant students

Staff Report
Posted 6/8/22

Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) recently received a grant in the amount of $951,247, awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). 

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RRCC receives million dollar grant

Money will support physician assistant students

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Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) recently received a grant in the amount of $951,247, awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). 

According to RRCC, the five-year grant will provide 18-week longitudinal clinical rotations to physician assistant (PA) students throughout rural regions of Colorado with a goal to increase the numbers of PAs who practice primary care in rural communities post-graduation. Additionally, the RRCC PA Program will support the training and professional development of preceptors in rural areas.  

The new funding is expected expand the number of qualified PAs who practice primary care after graduation, which will address the statewide shortage of primary care providers and the urgent community need for primary care providers who are trained to meet the needs of rural Medically Underserved Communities (MUCs). 

Dr. Michele Haney, president of RRCC, said the money will provide the college with the opportunities to grow its health services to the rural areas of Colorado and those citizens who have been underserved.

The RRCC PA Program is the only Master’s degree-granting community college program in the United States, one of only four programs in Colorado preparing physician assistants, and the only program dedicated to preparing PAs for primary care practice. Annually, the program trains 32 PA students. 

The funding from HRSA will support eight PA students annually in completing 18-week longitudinal clinical rotations in primary care settings. The Rural Immersion Program will partner with four critical access hospitals/rural health clinics located in MUCs to provide student training. Further, the PA Program will partner with Colorado Rural Health Center, Colorado’s nonprofit State Office of Rural Health, to provide education and training to the partner rural clinics and preceptors. 

Angela King, RRCC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, said the grant furthers the school’s role in addressing community needs. 

"This incredible funding opportunity allows us to continue our efforts with regional partners to address the statewide shortage of primary care providers and the urgent community need for primary care providers who are well-trained to meet the needs of rural Medically Underserved Communities,” she said.

Find out more about RRCC’s PA program at https://www.rrcc.edu/physician-assistant

 

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