FNP/PA program awarded state grant

In December 2006, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development's (OSHPD) Song-Brown program awarded a $279,998 grant to UC Davis' Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Program.

The Song-Brown program provides support funding to family practice, family nurse practitioner and physician assistant training programs. The Song-Brown Family Physician Training Act was passed by the California Legislature in September 1973 to encourage program graduates to practice in designated underserved areas of California. It has expanded the training programs of family practice residents and primary care physician assistants by providing needed funding for over 30 years.

Of the 14 grants announced by OSHPD, nine were awarded to family nurse practitioner training programs, three to physician assistant training programs, and two to combined FNP/PA programs. UC Davis received the largest award for the second year in a row.

The training grant helps fund clinic and preceptor visits throughout California; a research analyst who conducts surveys and maintains a large graduate database; and a computer resource specialist and computer programmer who handle online distance education materials and other electronic program data.

"For the last 30 years, Song-Brown has provided much-needed funding for UC Davis' Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant program," said Betty Ingell, program director for the FNP/PA program. "We are grateful for the program's support and their recognizing our mission to improve health-care for all California residents."

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