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U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty Announces Major Federal Grant

Friday, November 22, 2013 - Danbury, CT

Ramin Ahmadi, M.D.

Ramin Ahmadi, M.D.
Director, Medical Education and Research, Western Connecticut Health Network
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Dedicates The Start-up Of Western Connecticut Health Network's Preventive Medicine Residency Training Program

U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT) announced at Danbury Hospital today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has funded the Western Connecticut Health Network for the inauguration of Danbury Hospital's new Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency Training Program in Danbury, CT. The grant totals more than $1.5 million.

The Preventive Medicine and Public Health Training Grant Program is authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and allows the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and in consultation with the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to award grants or enter into contracts with eligible entities to provide training to graduate medical residents in preventive medicine specialties.

"We are thrilled to receive this important funding to expand our efforts to bring top notch medical care to this region through innovative medical education and community collaboration," said Dr. Ramin Ahmadi, Director of Medical Education and Research for the Western CT Health Network.

Preventive medicine is a keystone to healthcare reform. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of preventive medicine physicians and promote greater access to population-based healthcare. The program is designed in collaboration with the Greater Danbury Community Health Center - a Federally Qualified Teaching Health Center, University of Vermont College of Medicine and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

Preventive medicine is one of twenty-four medical specialties recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Preventive medicine physicians are uniquely trained in both clinical medicine and public health. Danbury Hospital's new residency program will offer training in population health, behavioral health, occupational health and global health.

The grant covers the expenses of the residency program including Resident (M.D. graduate) salaries, fringe benefits, professional education and research expenses, program administration, insurance, rent, accounting and audit.

The multi-year grant program is designed to fund a planning year and 2 Preventive Medicine Residents each year of a two year Preventive Medicine Residency, for a total of more than $1,548,197. Over the five-year term of the grant, fourteen Residents in all will be trained in this important arena.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. As a University teaching organization, WCHN is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. WCHN offers a full continuum of care through its system of affiliated organizations that provide innovative preventative, primary and specialty care as well as home care.

The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation's fundraising campaign - Imagine Build Transform - is focusing on raising funds for a new Patient Tower, an expanded Emergency Department with Level II trauma designation, and an advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Danbury Hospital; as well as the Emergency Department at New Milford Hospital, and the Network's cutting edge Biomedical Research Institute.

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