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Casey, Wicker Introduce Bill to Increase Health Care Access in Rural Communities

Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Community Training, Education, and Access for Medical Students (TEAMS) Act to improve medical training opportunities in rural and underserved areas. This act aims to establish a national grant program under the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) for medical schools and community-based clinics.

The program is designed to fund training opportunities in rural, underserved communities, enhancing medical students’ exposure to the unique health challenges in such areas and encouraging them to work there post-graduation.

This initiative is supported by a wide range of medical and osteopathic associations, including the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Association of American Medical Colleges, among others. The goal is to prepare students better for serving in high-risk communities, increase medical training sites in rural areas, and potentially improve health outcomes in these communities.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

Daily Forecast, April 21, 2024

Franklin County Forecast: In the forecast for today, we are expecting overcast clouds, with a high of 52.23°F and a low of 35.2°F. The humidity

Candie Sue Diffenderfer 1963-2024

Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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