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On air during KVCR’s “Morning Edition,” Tuesdays at 6:45am and 8:45amLongtime IE Economist John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, joins KVCR’s Ken Vincent to discuss the economic forces affecting the Inland Empire, and how the economy directly affects IE residents, families, businesses, and other local institutions. Our segments with Dr. Husing can be heard on KVCR’s “Morning Edition” most Tuesday mornings at 6:45am and 8:45am. Our segments with John Husing are also archived for listening on demand here at our website, kvcrnews.org .

Aguilar Announces Multi-Million-Dollar Grant To Address Doctor Shortage

Representative Pete Aguilar today announced over $2.1 million in grant funding for Inland Empire resident physicians.

California is facing a statewide doctor shortage, but it’s especially bad in the Inland Empire.

In 2017, there were only 39 physicians per 100,000 residents in the area, far below the recommended 70 doctors per 100,000 people. 

The $2,142,792 grant announced Monday will go towards addressing that issue.

It’ll go to the SAC Health Care System, a non-profit community healthcare corporation that serves the Inland Empire.

It comes from the Affordable Care Act Teaching Health Center program, which provides graduate medical education funding to community-based health centers that expand or establish new primary care residency programs.

In a press release, Aguilar said that “[a]s the Inland Empire’s population continues to grow, we need to ensure we have sufficient number of doctors and other medical professionals to provide high quality and affordable health care to families in our region.”

Representative Aguilar, a Democrat, is the Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

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