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The Primary Care Plus program integrates training in primary care and public health to prepare health care professionals who can partner effectively with community groups to promote population health and reduce health disparities.

Why Primary Care Plus?

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.

Trainees in the Primary Care Plus curriculum are learning to collaborate with public health practitioners and entities to promote and protect individual and population health in Texas or wherever they may locate their practice. Our curriculum follows the National Prevention Strategy framework and focuses on preparing trainees to:

  • Collaborate across health professions and non-health sectors
  • Advocate for and make strategic partnerships to promote healthy environments
  • Coordinate with community based agencies and organizations to provide preventive services
  • Promote health literacy and practice in a culturally competent manner
  • Identify and address health disparities.

Who Can Benefit

The Primary Care Plus Program electives and enrichment activities are open to all medical and PA students, but a select group of students are designated Scholars and receive additional training and benefits.

Students accepted as Primary Care Plus Scholars receive special training in integrating public health and primary care, participate in group mentoring activities, assume leadership roles on community based service projects, and are eligible to apply for research and travel funds for primary care or public health rotations and projects. Participants may list Primary Care Plus Scholar as a selective program on their curriculum vitae.


The program is funded by a Primary Care Training Enhancement Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). 

Participating public health faculty members come from the SOM Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and primary care faculty members come from the SOM Departments of Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine and the SHP Physician Assistant Studies program.


IMO Report

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)-Supported Primary Care and Public Health Collaborative


Primary Care Plus Program
Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

p. (409) 772-1128

Rudkin, Laura

 Laura Rudkin, PhD
 Grant P.I., Primary Care Plus

Kaitlin D. Ashmore, MPH, CHES
Program Coordinator

p. (409) 772-1140

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