Congressman Vicente Gonzalez announced that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) a $400,000 grant for their Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) Program.

“All Central and South Texans deserve access to affordable, quality healthcare,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “These funds will allow UTRGV to continue educating and training the next generation of medical professionals that will provide top notch, comprehensive care in our region.”

John H. Krouse, executive vice president for the Division of Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine said, “This funding will allow us to fulfill our promise to train health care providers who will serve the Rio Grande Valley and increase access to health care for residents of this region.”

The PCTE Program seeks to support enhanced training for future and current primary care practitioners, strengthen the primary care workforce and promote primary care practice, particularly in underserved and rural areas.