The federal Health Resources & Services Administration has awarded $500,000 over two years to Project Vida Health Center for a bi-lingual psychiatric residency program in El Paso. Project Vida Health Center’s Cynthia Garza, M.D., is Project Director and a bi-lingual Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.
Project Vida Health Center is a designated Federally Qualified Health Center. The psychiatry residency program will create linguistically and culturally prepared psychiatrists to meet the unique challenges experienced by underserved and special populations along the U.S.-Mexico border as well as other majority Hispanic communities. Recruiting residents is expected to begin in October, 2023, with the first class entering the program in 2024.
The program is a collaborative effort among Project Vida Health Center, Aliviane, El Paso Child Guidance Center, Emergence Health Network, Family Service of El Paso, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health/UT Austin, Homeward Bound, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Rio Vista Behavioral Health, Centro San Vicente Health Center, Tenet Healthcare, and Texas Association of Community Health Centers.