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FORT WORTH, Texas â?? The Health Resources and Services Administration launched a new, five-year $15.4 million program to create a nationwide network of Public Health Training Centers at eight academic institutions.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center received a portion of the grant totaling $612,348. The health science center was awarded the grant through a collaborative effort with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and Texas A&M University.

The centers will be a training ground for some 100,000 public health students and practicing professionals each year to learn the latest techniques and practices to protect the public health.

HRSA is the leading Health and Human Services agency for improving access to health care for individuals and families nationwide. HRSAâ??s Bureau of Health Professions spends some $436 million annually to educate and train culturally competent and diverse health care providers who provide cost-saving primary care services to medically underserved communities.

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