GPE Funding & Reviews Jeff Baker, Ph.D., ABPP University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas
Funding Preferences for Collaboration
Identify major health care training programs that would be interested in collaborating training with psychology
7 Current HRSA grants on our campus
Department of Physician Assistants
Department of Occupational Therapy
The Psychology Resident Training Program, Department of Occupational Therapy (OT), Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, Shriners Childrens Hospital for Burns, Rehabilitation Services and the ACE (Acute Care for Elders) Geriatrics Unit located at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) propose to develop the Primary Care in Psychology (PCP) project.
The purpose of this project is to increase the number of clinical psychologists (CPs), Occupational Therapists (OT), Physician Assistants (PA) preparedness to provide primary care to at risk populations , especially those from underrepresented minority/disadvantaged backgrounds, practicing in medically underserved areas (MUAs) in Texas.
Goal: to expand current and establish new clinical training sites for these students and interns that provide collaborative primary care and mental health services to underserved populations, and serve as an innovative model to link Allied Health practitioners and CP clinical practice, education, and research. Program completers of the PCP project will be better prepared to provide culturally competent and sensitive allied health and psychological services to residents living in medically underserved communities.
UTMB Galveston – PCP Goals
Goal I. Improve access to quality health care through appropriate preparation, composition, and distribution of the health profession workforce.
Outcome : Prepare an appropriate number of health professionals necessary to support quality primary care.
Indicator : Number of program completers of health professions that choose rural settings for their clinical affiliations or choose postdoctoral training in rural settings and/or provide primary psychological care to under represented populations.
UTMB Galveston – PCP Goals
Goal II. Improve access to a diverse and culturally competent and sensitive health professions workforce.
Outcome 1 : Increase the number of allied health and psychology interns sensitive to cultural and economic issues of patients from rural settings and/or who are traditionally underserved by health care systems.
Indicator : Number of allied health students and psychology interns participating in cross cultural training as related to mental health of patients from under served populations.
UTMB Galveston – Funding Preference
We are requesting a funding preference based on our high rate of placing graduates in practice settings that have a focus on serving residents of medically underserved communities. See Allied Health Grant Funding Preference Request Form, Appendix A.
UTMB Galveston – PCP Special Initiatives
The PCP project addresses the high profile HRSA initiative of developing linkages with geriatric, underserved populations (Hispanic and African American), patients in rehabilitation, patients with chronic pain, and child and adolescent populations in our Children ’s hospital and Shriners Burns Hospital and community service agencies that have predominantly under served populations that focus on substance abuse , mental health, and populations that do not readily have access to health and mental health care.
UTMB Galveston – Grant Evaluation
Summative evaluation of the overall outcomes of this project will consist of collection and analysis of the following data: (1) numbers of OT and PA participating in rural clinical affiliations and CP program completers prepared to support primary care, (2) numbers of PA and OT program completers and CP program completers who enter practice in underserved areas, and (3) numbers of PA and OT completers and CP program completers from underrepresented minority backgrounds. See BHPr goals, objectives, and indicators.
No new Funding
Grants were last reviewed in 2004 by BHPr for new Psychology Training (predoc and postdoc)
No new Gerontology money at that time but continuing money was awarded
Two Panels – 15 members in each
Two Primary Reviewers completed reviews before meeting in DC
Two Presentations and Committee Discussed Concerns and Issues
Higher Scores went to programs that clearly identified their goals and objectives and how they fit with the BHPr Funding Priorities
Poorly Written Proposals Did not Receive High Scores
Better Proposals were clearly and succinctly presented, easy to read and identified obtainable and doable goals
BHPr made the final distribution of awards as they also added in scores for programs that met funding priorities
FY 2006 Appropriations
Bureau of Health Professions
Graduate Psychology Education Program
Background: The Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program is administered by the Bureau of Health Profession and is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The GPE Program is the only federal program dedicated solely to psychology education and training.
Purpose: Established in 2002 with $2 million, the GPE Program provides grants to APA accredited doctoral, internship and postdoctoral programs in support of interdisciplinary training of psychology students for the provision of mental and behavioral health services to underserved populations (i.e., older adults, children, chronically ill, and victims of abuse and trauma), especially in rural and urban communities.
The GPE Program was funded at $4.5 million for FY 2003, FY 2004 and FY 2005. Since the GPE grants are now on a three-year cycle, without additional funds, there would only be a competition for the seven geropsychology grants for FY 2006.
Request: $6 million in the FY 2006 Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations bill for the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program, in the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), within the Allied Health and Other Disciplines budget activity of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) .