Practice Sights: State Primary Care Development Strategies

The Foundation's program, Practice Sights: State Primary Care Development Strategies, was designed to challenge states--through collaborations among state agencies, communities, provider groups, and health professionals schools--to improve the distribution of primary care providers in medically underserved areas.The Maine Department of Human Services will develop a five-part strategy, Practice Sights in Maine, to improve the distribution of primary care providers in underserved areas: (1) a comprehensive primary care needs assessment; (2) statewide coordination of recruitment programs; (3) retention programs to include locum tenens, practice management and financial services assistance; (4) finance and policy changes to reduce barriers to primary care practice; and (5) a loan fund to reduce the debt burden of primary care providers by consolidating their loans into one, lower-cost package. Each of the five strategic interventions will involve long-term strategies to ensure the continued strength of the state's primary health care system. The project will work jointly with the the Foundation's Generalist Physician Initiative site at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $99,595.00

Awarded on: 4/26/1993

Time frame: 5/1/1993 - 7/31/1994

Grant Number: 22273


State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services

221 State Street
Augusta, 04330-6846


Elizabeth McCullum
Project Director