Scripps Receives $2.85 Million For Maternal-Child Health Along Border

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Above: An emergency entrance sign will be posted outside Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista on June 1, 2021.

The Scripps Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program has been selected to receive $ 2.85 million in grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration, announced on Wednesday.

The residency program intends to use the funds over the next five years to develop initiatives to improve the training of physicians in family medicine, obstetrics, and maternal and child health along the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego and Counties Imperial .

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The Scripps Education Program is one of 31 medical residency programs in the United States recently selected under the HRSA grant funding opportunity, which was open to primary care programs nationwide.

“This new funding will play a critical role in expanding our efforts to have an even greater impact on the health and well-being of our underserved communities,” said Dr. Ghazala Sharieff, Scripps Health’s chief medical officer for acute care, clinical excellence and experience.

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Scripps will use the funding to increase the number of GPs trained in public health, improved obstetrics and general preventive medicine with expertise in maternal health. A number of expanded training opportunities are planned, including new training paths and clinical rotations.

“We need to improve maternal health outcomes and close the health inequalities in our community,” said Dr. Shaila Serpas, Director of the Scripps Program. “With the focus on further training and quality improvement, we are creating a future workforce of committed general practitioners who implement changes with passion and competence and are committed to their patients.”

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The residency program also intends to use these funds to provide underserved patients with better access to health education and care, including expanded access to pregnancy clinics and obstetrics.

The program is based on the Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista. For more than 20 years it has trained interns with a focus on the underserved populations of the southern border region of San Diego.

Residents on the three-year medical degree complete inpatient rotations at the Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista and outpatient rotations at the San Ysidro Health Center, along with care at other community clinics.

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