Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center
Advancing Primary Care
January 2016 – July 2016
Health disparities in the rural and remote North Country region of upstate New York are well documented.
The region struggles with recruiting primary care physicians, resulting in 40% fewer primary care physicians per capita than the rest of the State. In recent years, significant investments have been made (including by NYSHealth) to improve the way primary care is delivered in the North Country. However, recruiting and retaining primary care physicians remains a challenge.
To address this need, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH)—now part of the University of Vermont Health Network—inaugurated the first family medicine residency program/teaching hospital in the region. It is also the lead member of the 12-member EXPLORE consortium, which brings health-related training and learning opportunities to the North Country. To help establish the residency program, NYSHealth awarded CVPH a grant to support the EXPLORE consortium in hosting a one-day training for primary care physicians to serve as preceptors for health profession students.