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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded an announcement made by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that a Teaching Health Center would be located in Yakima as part of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program. Yakima was one of 11 sites chosen for this program.     

“I’m so glad that Yakima was chosen for this program that will create jobs and train the primary care physicians and dentists we need to offer quality care to local families.” said Senator Murray. “As our region’s innovative health care industry continues to grow, investing in the health care workforce is one of the smartest job creation efforts we could pursue.”

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program is a five-year program that will support an increased number of primary care medical and dental residents trained in community-based settings across the country. The centers will be supported by funds made available through the Affordable Care Act and will help address the need to train primary care physicians and dentists in our nation’s communities.