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Our mission at the Holyoke Health Center is to "Improve the health of our patients through affordable, quality health care and comprehensive community-based programs to create a healthy community."

Holyoke Health Center is pleased to announce the launch of a Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program. This residency training program will provide intensive training in both the clinical complexity of family practice in the safety net setting, and training in the Patient Centered Medical Home model for primary care. Holyoke Health Center has partnered with the Community Health Center, Inc. of Middletown, CT to develop this program. The Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI) launched the nation's first formal postgraduate nurse practitioner residency training program in 2007 to support the transition from new NP to primary care provider.

"We are thrilled to partner with CHCI to launch this Nurse Practitioner Residency Program," said Alejandro Esparza Perez, MD, Holyoke Health Center's Chief Medical Officer. "This program equips new family nurse practitioners with the skills they need to care for underserved populations and assume future leadership roles in community health care."

The primary goals of this program include:

  • Increase access to quality primary care for underserved and special populations
  • Provide new Family Nurse Practitioners with a depth, breadth, volume and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as primary care providers in the complex setting of the country's Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Improve the skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new nurse practitioners, specifically in an urban setting
  • Increase the number of Nurse Practitioners ready to serve in leadership roles in community health centers

"The residency program is specifically intended for family nurse practitioners who are committed to developing careers as primary care providers in the challenging setting of community health centers and other safety net settings, specifically working with urban communities and migrant populations," said Jeanne Allen, FNP at the Holyoke Health Center. "The program includes precepted primary care sessions and quality improvement training."

Three residency slots are available for the inaugural 2019-2020 Nurse Practitioner Residency Class. The application deadline is May 31, 2019, and the residency orientation begins in August 2019. Bilingual English/Spanish candidates are highly encouraged to apply.


For more information about our FNP Residency Program, click here.

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