The program responds to a national call for the training and maintenance of a “skilled, cross-trained, and diverse prevention workforce” to promote population health through efforts to create healthy and safe community environments, deliver clinical and community preventive services, empower people, and eliminate health disparities (National Prevention Strategy, 2011).
A major goal of Primary Care Plus is to build the prevention workforce by increasing the number of primary care providers with public health skills practicing in medically underserved areas of Texas and the southwestern US.
To work towards that goal, we:
- Provide faculty development activities and staff support to facilitate public health and prevention curriculum development
- Develop learning modules and activities to support an integrated primary care-public health curricula that reaches all medical and PA students at UTMB
- Offer a more intensive integrated curriculum, including a dual degree option, to select MD and MPAS students committed to careers in primary care.