Primary Care Training and Enhancement Grant

The Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) grant program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose of the HRSA-PCTE program is to strengthen the primary care workforce by supporting enhanced training for future primary care clinicians, teachers and researchers and promoting primary care practice — particularly in rural and underserved areas.

From 2016–2021, preceptors and students will train at Penobscot Community Health Care and will build new competencies as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, including providing integrated care with other health professionals, creating team-based practice models such as the Patient-Centered Medical Home, and building population health management skills integral to practice transformation. UNE students will include 25 physician assistant, 160 osteopathic medical and 70 pharmacy students as well as 30 preceptors. Additional students may include UNE dental, physical therapy and social work.

Medication Assisted Treatment

In July of 2017, the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation received one-year supplemental funding from its HRSA PCTE grant to assist in the critical need for health professions education around Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in primary care. 


The evaluation of the HRSA PCTE project will capture the results of the project in terms of the number of students and preceptors trained; changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among those trained; and the effect of the intervention on patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes, and rural primary care as a chosen profession. Mixed methods will be used, including surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews and clinical data review. 

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Contact Information

Melanie Caldwell | Project Coordinator |