Maternal health

The Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Program was awarded over $2.9 million dollars for a five-year training grant. The Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Community Prevention and Maternal Health grant will allow the program to create a one-year preventive medicine training option for residents who have completed internal or family medicine residencies. The focus of this program will be population maternal health.

“This grant will have a significant impact on the women of the Inland Empire through collaboration between multiple local organizations,” said Karen Studer, MD, the principal investigator and program director. “We will be working with Loma Linda University Health departments of obstetrics and gynecology, and infectious disease; local grassroots organizations; SAC Health System; VA Loma Linda Healthcare System; and the San Bernardino County Health Department to create an interdisciplinary and interprofessional Maternal Mortality Review Committee for the Inland Empire.”

Funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and will be distributed in annual installments of $595,049 per year over five years, allowing the program to create a one-year preventive medicine training option for residents who meet criteria.

Rep. Pete Aguilar serves on the House Appropriations Committee, the committee responsible for allocating funding for federal agencies like HRSA.

“This funding will give Inland Empire women and mothers access to the highest-quality healthcare while allowing LLUH to continue training medical experts right here in our community,” Aguilar said. “Loma Linda University Health is one of the most important research and medical education institutions in the country, and we’re lucky to have them in the Inland Empire.”

For more information on the preventive medicine residency program at Loma Linda University Health, visit