Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States was experiencing an opioid epidemic that had devastating consequences for individuals, families, and entire communities. The American Medical Association has put out a brief on what has been the result of the COVID-19 pandemic on the opioid crisis, and it’s alarming! That’s why it’s especially important that Loma Linda University has been awarded a $3.1 million grant, to train physicians on the subject of addiction. This grant will go towards training physicians to help patients in the Inland Empire recover from addictions.
Here’s how the funding will work:
“The grant, to be awarded over five years, will create a pipeline of addiction medicine specialists trained in treating addictions as part of the federal Addiction Medicine Fellowship program, which helps patients regardless of their socioeconomic status. These fellows will treat patients and train at Loma Linda University Health, SAC Health System, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center – “.Loma Linda
This grant has been awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, which is an agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Congressman Pete Aguilar was a big proponent of this grant funding for Loma Linda.
The President of Loma Linda University Health, Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, spoke on the grant funds being awarded:
“We’re grateful for Congressman Aguilar’s work over the years to help us secure grants that will make a difference for people in need here in the Inland Empire. Specialized treatment is so important to a person struggling with addiction issues, and we’re pleased these funds will help provide additional staff to serve more patients with this type of needed care.”
Congressman Aguilar also spoke on the topic:
Loma Linda University Health has always been at the forefront of providing high-quality care to Inland Empire residents. I was proud to advocate for this funding, which will help members of our community access the care they need to treat their addiction issues and will increase the number of highly skilled medical professionals in our region.Congressman Aguilar.
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