A partnership that is expected to increase access to health care in underserved areas of Arkansas by 2021 was announced Thursday.

The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith and the Community Health Centers of Arkansas have jointly announced a partnership agreement for clinical rotations sites for fourth-year medical students and primary care-based residency opportunities for graduates. The mecical school’s inaugural class began in August.

The medical college also announced this month it will have education partnerships with Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau beginning in 2019 and CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs in 2020.

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