Conversations on Training the Next Generation

Conversations on Training the Next Generation

This week on CHC’s radio show, Conversations on Health Care, Co-hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter interview Dr. Erica Frank. She is a Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health where she is the Canada Research Chair in Preventive Medicine & Population Health. She is the Founder, President and Research Director at– the world’s first online portal to free, accredited higher education – in the health sciences as well as other disciplines.

Dr. Frank is scheduled for a much-anticipated TedMed Talk, live in September which will focus on, the world’s first portal to free, accredited, higher education. Started in 2001, initial data show that NextGenU’s training performs comparably to traditional American medical schooling.

Starting with a focus in the health sciences, partners with leading universities, professional societies, and government organizations like the U.S. CDC, Grand Challenges Canada, and the World Health Organization.’s accredited university partners give learners credit for this training (or institutions can adopt them and use them with their students), all for the first time ever for free (and without advertisements).

To listen to this particular interview, or view any of our previous shows, please visit — Show airs all week long on ReachMD Channel on iHeartRadio and TuneIn, Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 PM on WESU-FM as well as other affiliates and airtimes, and all the time at

How CHC is Training the Next Generation:

At the Community Health Center, we recognize and support the future leaders of the primary-care movement. We started the first-in-the-nation Nurse Practitioner Residency Program that gives critical clinical experience to NPs when their college education is over. Check out our link at

We offer a Postdoctoral Psychology Residency Program providing comprehensive training in the provision of psychological care to uninsured and underserved populations under the patient-centered medical home model, with a focus on positive client outcomes and building healthy communities. Check out our link at

We nurture students at nearby Wesleyan University in Middletown, working with them in theoretical applications that motivate them to pursue careers in health care. We also support our own employees to improve themselves and their positions by taking advantage of our tuition reimbursement benefit that helps pay for their education as a path to a better job at CHC.

In addition, we recruit National Health Service Corps Scholars and loan recipients who are outstanding students seeking financial aid or looking to repay or forgive outstanding health care debt from their education. Doctors, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienists, social workers and psychologists are all eligible.




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