Feds Award More than $1.6 Million for Residency Program at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Last May, Gov. Charlie Baker fulfilled a promise he made four years ago to the then-freshman class of the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency program that he would return for their graduation. (Courtesy photograph.)

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, with locations in Lawrence, Haverhill and Methuen, recently became one of 72 teaching health centers to receive a federal grant to support its primary care residency program.

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded $320,000 to Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. The Health center also received $1.3 million under the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program for the 2022-2023 year. Of that amount, $1,079,496 came from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Started in 1994, the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency is unique because it is the first in the country for which the accrediting institution is a community health center. The residency is accredited through Health Center and affiliated with Lawrence General Hospital. The goal of the training program is to train family physicians who provide comprehensive primary care to vulnerable populations and can improve the health and health equity of these communities.

In 2011, the residency was designated by Health Resources and Services Administration as one of the nation’s first 11 Teaching Health Centers under the Affordable Care Act.

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