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Growing new physicians in the Central Valley

Through the PRIME San Joaquin Valley program, Vanessa Mora hopes to return home and become a doctor to the families and community she grew up with.

Among the fastest growing, poorest and least healthy regions of California, the San Joaquin Valley also has the lowest number of doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners per 100,000 people of any region in California. Roughly 30% of this workforce is nearing the age of retirement.

The San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME) is taking a new approach to addressing the great need for medical practitioners in this region. It supports medical students — all from the Central Valley with plans to return to their communities — with targeted training to address regional challenges, including regional social, environmental and economic determinants of health; local social programs and community organizations; and training in health care advocacy to better support their patients.

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