Biden-Harris Administration Invests $11 Million to Expand Medical Residencies in Rural Communities

June 13, 2024

Awardees include first obstetrics and gynecology Rural Track residency program in the country

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Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded more than $11 million to 15 organizations to establish new residency programs in rural communities. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and White House Domestic Policy Advisor Neera Tanden announced the new awards while visiting rural health clinic in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin today. Building on HRSA’s Enhancing Maternal Health Initiative, one program will create the first obstetrics and gynecology Rural Track Program in the country, and six others will develop new family medicine residency programs with enhanced obstetrical training in rural communities.

“Every American should have access to high-quality health care no matter where they live. That is why HHS is investing in programs that improve and expand access in geographic areas that have historically been underserved,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Training more doctors in our country's rural areas is a proven strategy to recruit and retain doctors to serve rural communities. By funding new residency programs focused on OB-GYN training, we can help eliminate maternal care deserts, an important step in making pregnancy and childbirth safer.

“Rural communities need physicians, and the Health Resources and Services Administration is committed to helping build this workforce through steps like our work to create rural residency programs,” said HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “This funding will help build pathways for rural students to become doctors and help rural communities recruit and train more doctors. We are particularly pleased to support new programs aimed at training new physicians to care for pregnant women.”

Retaining and recruiting physicians in underserved and rural areas is a critical priority of the Biden-Harris Administration. These awards build on nearly $54 million that HRSA has invested in the Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD) since 2019. Past recipients of RRPD awards have created 46 accredited rural residency programs and have been approved to train 575 resident physicians overall. In this year’s 2024 Residency Match, RRPD-created residency programs matched 158 new residents who will start training this summer.

Today’s award recipients will each receive up to $750,000 over three years to establish new rural residency programs. They will use this funding to support accreditation costs, curriculum development, faculty recruitment and retention, resident recruitment activities, and consultation services for program development. Many of today’s awardees will implement a Rural Track Program, which makes it possible for residency programs to provide their residents with experience in rural settings and increase access to health care in rural areas.

Organization State Funding Amount Specialty
Adventist Health THCHPI Valley CA $749,997 Family Medicine
Good Samaritan Hospital, A California Limited Partnership CA $747,150 Family Medicine
Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital HI $750,000 Family Medicine
Full Circle Health Inc. ID $750,000 Family Medicine
Woodlawn Hospital IN $750,000 Family Medicine
Claiborne Memorial Medical Center LA $750,000 Family Medicine
MaineHealth ME $749,841 Family Medicine
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences AR $749,978 Family Medicine with Enhanced Training in Obstetrics (OB)
Lakewood Health System MN $749,998 Family Medicine - OB
Delta Health System MS $750,000 Family Medicine - OB
University of Montana MT $750,000 Family Medicine - OB
The Medical University of South Carolina SC $750,000 Family Medicine - OB
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Ltd TX $749,356 Family Medicine - OB
Corry Memorial Hospital Association PA $750,000 Psychiatry
University of Wisconsin* WI $750,000 Obstetrics and Gynecology

*First Obstetrics and Gynecology Rural Track Program in the country

HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy coordinates activities related to rural health care within HHS and provides grant funding at the state and local levels to increase access to high-quality health care. This includes grants provided to:

  • 50 State Offices of Rural Health to support ongoing improvements in access to care
  • Small rural hospitals through the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant (Flex) program
  • Innovative programs that encourage network development among rural health care providers; address barriers to treatment and recovery of substance use disorder; and place and train the health care workforce in rural communities

For more information about the Rural Residency Planning and Development Program, visit

For more information on HRSA’s rural health grants and programs, visit