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FY 2011 Title VII Health Professions and Title VIII Nursing Education Funding

HRSA released its final FY 2011 operating plan May 16. The plan provides $272.5 million for the Title VII health professions programs, an $18.5 million (7.3 percent) increase due to an expected transfer of $20 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund for public health and preventive medicine workforce training programs. Within the Title VII total, primary care medicine programs receive a $113,000 (0.29 percent) increase, while all other programs are cut between 0.36 and 0.63 percent. Title VIII nursing education programs receive $241.4 million, a $1.5 million (0.61 percent) cut below FY 2010.

Prior to release of the operating plan, the AAMC joined 120 organizations and institutions on an April 25 letter  urging HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., to reject the proposed cuts. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) led a May 12 letter, also to Secretary Sebelius and Dr. Wakefield, urging them to prioritize funding for the BHPr programs in FY 2011. Rep. Jackson was joined in the effort by House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee members Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), along with Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Lois Capps (D-Calif.), Donna Christensen (D-V.I.), and Mike Honda (D-Calif.).


Title VII and Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act authorize a variety of grants for students, programs, and institutions to improve the racial and ethnic diversity, geographic distribution, and quality of the health care work force. These programs are designed to meet the nation's needs by increasing the supply of primary medical and dental care providers and public health and allied health professionals, training more health professionals in fields experiencing shortages, improving the geographic distribution of health professionals, expanding access to health care in underserved areas, and enhancing minority representation in the pool of practicing health professionals.

As this nation's health care delivery system undergoes rapid and dramatic changes, an appropriate supply and distribution of health professionals has never been more essential to the public's health. The Titles VII and VIII programs are critical to help institutions and programs respond to these current and emerging challenges and insure that all Americans have access to appropriate and timely health services.


Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525

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