$1M Grant to Houston Medical School Addresses Primary Care Shortage in Texas

With Texas facing a critical shortage of primary care physicians, Bank of America has awarded a $1 million grant to The University of Houston College of Medicine, which was founded last year. The grant will support the new medical school's mission of increasing primary care access in disadvantaged urban and rural communities, where the primary care shortage is especially severe.

According to the University of Houston, only about 20% of medical students nationwide choose the primary care route, which is why UH's College of Medicine aims to have at least half of its graduates pursue primary care in Texas. The hope is that the latest grant will help train culturally competent primary care physicians from diverse backgrounds by enhancing academic programs and community outreach.

“Bank of America recognizes the immediate need for increased access to health care, especially among underserved and minority populations across the country. This effort is particularly important in Houston, home to one of the nation’s most diverse populations and most well-renowned medical centers in the world,” said Hong Ogle, president of Bank of America Houston.

In recognition of Bank of America’s grant, the main lobby of UH’s new College of Medicine building will be named after the company.