For the 49th year in a row, the Riverside University Health System received a grant from the state to expand access to primary care.
The grant totaling $625,000 will allow for an increase in the number of medical residents they train for the primary care field. The program has hosted over 300 students during the nearly 50 years it has received this grant.
In a press release, the Family Medicine Resident Program Director Parastou Farhadian said the grant is important as they continue to expand medical access to the region’s most vulnerable community members.
According to the California Future Health Workforce Commission, the Inland Empire is a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area. Local officials have long been working to remedy the acute doctor shortage which is expected to worsen as the region’s population increases and the baby boomer generation continues to retire from the medical field.