Teaching Health Neighborhood Graduate Professional Education (THN-GPE) is a new proposal for funding graduate training in rural and underserved urban communities and in a variety of specialties and disciplines. Its premise is that, “Funding community engaged health professions education in the place that needs the workforce and in the manner that graduates are expected to clinically practice will increase the rural and urban underserved workforce, mitigate health disparities in access to care, and promote health equity.”

Interprofessional education and training is not a new concept. But funding it in a way that aligns with the current system for graduate physician education (graduate medical education/GME) yet provides an alternative place-based approach is a new idea. To learn more, download Teaching-Health-Neighborhood-9.28.2022-with-Hyperlinks.pdf (214.74 KB pdf) , a summary of the concept with embedded hyperlnks to the emerging evidence for the effectiveness of a place-based approach in health professions education and training.

If you have questions or ideas for promoting this concept, please feel free to contact either of the authors, Dr. Randy Longenecker, Senior Advisor to The RTT Collaborative, and Dr. Bryan Hodge, Director of the MAHEC Center for Health Professional Education and Rural Health Initiatives, Asheville, NC.

For a further exploration of this concept, visit these presentations:

Longenecker R, Hodge B. Becoming a Teaching Health Neighborhood, upcoming webinar, RRPD Technical Assistance Center, February 14, 2023. 12-1pm Eastern, 9-10am Pacific; Please register for the webinar here.

Perron D, Parent K, Gaboury I, Bergeron DA.  Characteristics, barriers and facilitators of initiatives to develop interprofessional collaboration in rural and remote primary healthcare facilities: a scoping review. Rural and Remote Health 2022; 22: 7566. https://doi.org /10.22605/RRH7566

Longenecker R., Becoming a Teaching Health Neighborhood, Lecture presentation, STFM Annual Spring Conference, Indianapolis, IN, May 2, 2022. Becoming-a-Teaching-Health-Neighborhood.pdf (17.21 MB pdf)

Longenecker R. Becoming a Teaching Health Neighborhood. Invited Keynote, Western PA Rural Health and Wellness Collaborative, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, PA, April 7, 2022. Becoming-a-Teaching-Health-Neighborhood-Longenecker-4.7.2022.pdf (14.45 MB pdf)  

Longenecker R, Hodge B. Options For Change: The Teaching Health Neighborhood, Presentation at the GME Initiative Summit, November 2, 2021, Online. Teaching-Health-Neighborhood.pdf (548.82 KB pdf)