Lifestyle Medicine National Training Initiative Scholarship Program

The Lifestyle Medicine National Training Initiative (NTI), a commitment of more than $2 million in matching funds, will support training and certification for one primary care provider (MD/DO/NP/PA) in lifestyle medicine within each Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) entity and Community Health Center (CHC) entity across the United States.

Application Opens: January 15, 2024
Application Closes: March 31, 2024 @ 5pm EST

  • One-year ACLM Membership (retail price: $249)
  • LM2024 Virtual Conference Registration Oct 27-30, 2024 (retail price: $949)
  • Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course, 4th Edition (retail price: $899)
  • Lifestyle Medicine Certification Exam Registration Fees for 2024* (retail price: $1,798)
Total Retail Value: $3,895

Eligibility

  • A primary care physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner (NP), or physician associate (PA) practicing at a certified Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or certified Community Health Center (CHC) entity. (See below for full explanation)
  • One primary care clinician (MD, DO, NP, PA) working per FQHC/CHC entity (not one at each entity’s clinics) will receive funding.
  • Primary care clinicians (MD, DO, NP, PA) serving rural adults are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Primary care clinicians (MD, DO, NP, PA) who apply a cultural humility and equitable approach to care are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, to be certified, a FQHC/CHC entity must meet one of these requirements:

  • Is receiving a grant under Section 330 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 United States Code Section 254a) or is receiving funding from such a grant and meets other requirements
  • Is not receiving a grant under Section 330 of the PHS Act but is determined by the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to meet the requirements for receiving such a grant (qualifies as a “FQHC look-alike”) based on the recommendation of the Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Was treated by the Secretary of HHS for purposes of Medicare Part B as a comprehensive Federally-funded health center as of January 1, 1990
  • Is operating as an outpatient health program or facility of a tribe or tribal organization under the Indian Self Determination Act or as an urban Indian organization receiving funds under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act as of October 1991

Who is eligible for the Lifestyle Medicine National Training Initiative Scholarship?

  • The Lifestyle Medicine National Training Initiative Scholarship will support training and certification for one primary care provider (MD,  DO, NP, PA) in lifestyle medicine within each certified Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) entity and certified Community Health Center (CHC) entity in the United States.
  • Primary care clinicians holding a MD, DO, NP, or PA degree are eligible for the Lifestyle Medicine National Training Initiative Scholarship.
  • A primary care clinician practices in any of the below specialties:
      • Family medicine
      • Internal medicine
      • Pediatrics
      • Internal medicine-pediatrics
      • Obstetrics
      • Gynecology

Is a resident physician eligible for the Lifestyle Medicine National Training Initiative Scholarship?

  • Unfortunately, no. Residents are not yet eligible for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine certification. To certify as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician, you much be primary board certified for at least two years by an ABMS or AOA approved board for US-based physicians; for Canadians, you must be licensed to practice as a physician.

Is my clinic a certified Federally Qualified Health Center or certified Community Health Center entity?

  • According to the Department of Health and Human Services, to be certified, a FQHC/CHC entity must meet one of these requirements:
      • Is receiving a grant under Section 330 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 United States Code Section 254a) or is receiving funding from such a grant and meets other requirements
      • Is not receiving a grant under Section 330 of the PHS Act but is determined by the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to meet the requirements for receiving such a grant (qualifies as a “FQHC look-alike”) based on the recommendation of the Health Resources and Services Administration
      • Was treated by the Secretary of HHS for purposes of Medicare Part B as a comprehensive federally-funded health center as of January 1, 1990
      • Is operating as an outpatient health program or facility of a tribe or tribal organization under the Indian Self-determination Act or as an urban Indian organization receiving funds under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act as of October 1991

My FQHC/CHC entity is certified and meets the requirements listed in question two (2). Is a primary care physician (MD or DO) at each of my FQHC/CHC entity sites eligible for the Lifestyle Medicine National Training Initiative Scholarship?

  • No, not at this time. The Lifestyle Medicine National Training Initiative Scholarship is only available for one primary care clinician (MD, DO. NP, PA) per FQHC/CHC entity, not one for each entity’s clinic sites. Additionally, any member of the clinical care team (such as RDs, MAs, CHWs, health coaches, etc.) is welcome to enroll in our free 5.5-hour CME/CE accredited Lifestyle Medicine and Food as Medicine Essentials course. If you’d like to share details on the free training clinic-wide, ACLM can create a custom code for clinicians at your clinic that will bring the cost to zero. Email your interest in the Essentials course to: support@lifestylemedicine.org to acquire a custom code for your clinic.

Aside from a primary care providers (MD, DO, NP, PA), are other medical professionals working within a certified FQHC/CHC entity eligible for the Lifestyle Medicine National Training Initiative Scholarship?

  • Other clinicians are encouraged to apply for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) health coach demonstration program, which aims to enhance healthcare delivery in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Community Health Centers (CHCs) by providing training and certification in health coaching for one clinical care team member in up to 20 sites, initially, in an effort to address the root cause of health issues and empower patients to make sustainable lifestyle changes that impact the burden of chronic disease. To learn more, email support@lifestylemedicine.org.

Are there scholarship opportunities available for physicians and other clinicians who do not work within a FQHC/CHC entity?

  • Yes, to learn more about ACLM’s various scholarship and grant opportunities, click here. Additionally, any member of the clinical care team (such as RDs, MAs, CHWs, health coaches, etc.) is welcome to enroll in our free 5.5-hour CME/CE accredited Lifestyle Medicine and Food as Medicine Essentials course. If you’d like to share details on the free training clinic-wide, ACLM can create a special code for clinicians at your clinic that will bring the cost to zero. Email your interest in the Essentials course to: support@lifestylemedicine.org to acquire a unique code for your clinic.

ACLM’s Commitment to the 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Health and Nutrition

The National Training Initiative is an extension of ACLM’s commitment to the 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Health and Nutrition, which also includes 5.5 complimentary hours of continuing medical education and continuing (CME/CE) credits in nutrition and lifestyle medicine coursework to 200,000 physicians and other medical professionals through September of 2025. To date, more than 32,000 medical professionals have registered for the course. Clinicians, especially those who are treating patients in areas with a high prevalence of diet-related disease, are invited to register at no charge for the “Lifestyle Medicine and Food as Medicine Essentials” online course at lifesylemedicine.org/WHConference.