Program Updates on the HRSA Rural Residency Planning & Development (RRPD) Program

The HRSA Rural Residency Planning & Development (RRPD) Technical Assistance Center (RRPD-TAC) recently compiled a state by state summary on the 37 grant programs that are developing new rural residency programs across 26 states. Please see the program summaries by downloading here.


The RRPD program is a multi-year cross-bureau collaboration between HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and the Bureau of Health Workforce that provides start-up funding for the development of new, accredited, and sustainable rural residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry. In FY19, HRSA awarded $20M to organizations across 21 states to support the planning and development costs of establishing sustainable residency program, while obtaining accreditation through the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). More recently, HRSA awarded over $8M to 11 new grant recipients up to $750,000 per award in August 2020.


Awarded in FY18, the RRPD-TAC provides resources and tools to support RRPD grant recipients and other organizations interested in developing new graduate medical education programs in rural communities. To learn more about the RRPD-TAC and to sign up for resources, please visit or contact


For questions related to the RRPD program, please contact Sheena Johnson (Program Coordinator) at