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November 28, 2017 -- Capital Hill Lunch Briefing

HPNEC will sponsored lunch briefing for congressional staff titled' "How HRSA Health Workforce Programs Address Today's Public Health Concerns: Opioids, Rural Access, Health Equity, and Preventative Medicine." An invitation for the briefing can be found here.

September 24, 2013 - Capitol Hill Lunch Briefing

HPNEC sponsored a lunch briefing for congressional staff titled, "Celebrating 50 Years of Health Professions Workforce Programs: Adapting to Meet the Nation's Changing Health Care Needs." The event, held on the 50th anniversary the very first programs were enacted, focused on how the programs continue to adapt to meet the nation's needs, as well as the impact they have on the individuals and communities they serve. The briefing featured Mindy Fain, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine; Beatrice Kalisch, Ph.D., R.N. FAAN, Institute of Medicine scholar and Shirley Titus Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Director of Innovation and Evaluation at the University of Michigan School of Nursing; and Tiffany Groover, M.D., M.P.H., graduate of the Title VII Health Careers Opportunity Program, National Health Service Corps scholar, and primary care physician at Total Health Care, Inc. in Baltimore. Presentations can be viewed here.

March 23, 2011 - Capitol Hill Lunch Briefing

HPNEC sponsored a lunch briefing for congressional staff titled "The Health Professions and Nursing Education Programs: Picking Up Where the Market Leaves Off." The event focused on how federal support for the Title VII and Title VIII health professions and nursing education programs helps improve the supply, distribution, and diversity of the nation's health care workforce. The briefing featured two speakers: John Franko, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, and Juliann Sebastian, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Franko's presentation can be view here and Dr. Sebastian's presentation can be viewed here.

October 28, 2010 - Capitol Hill Lunch Briefing

HPNEC sponsored a lunch briefing for congressional staff titled "Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce. Improving Health." The briefing focused on how the Title VII and Title VIII programs impact health professions students and the communities they serve. The briefing featured three speakers: Frank Catalanotto, D.M.D. and Chair of the Community Dentistry and Behavior Sciences Department at the University of Florida's College of Dentistry, Henry North, M.S., a Ph.D. candidate at Howard University's College of Pharmacy and participant in the COE program, and Jorge Roman, R.N., a M.S.N. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing. Dr. Catalanotto's presentation can be viewed here, and Mr. North's presentation can be viewed here.

February 7 , 2008 - Health Professions Leadership Congressional Briefing and Open House

HPNEC sponsored a luncheon briefing, "Strengthening the Health Safety Net: Title VII and VIII Health Professions Training and Nursing Workforce Development Programs," for Congressional staff and other participants. The briefing featured a distinguished panel of speakers, including 16th U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., who discussed the vital rolet hat the programs play in improving the supply, distribution, and diversity of the health professions workforce. After the briefing, health professionals representing the full range of Title VII & VIII programs welcomed their Congressional delegations and other parties to an Open House on the programs.

September 12, 2007 - Capitol Hill Day and Briefing

HPNEC sponsored a Health Professions Leadership Capitol Hill Day to draw attention to the vital role that Titles VII & VIII play in enhancing the supply, distribution, and diversity of the health professions workforce. Health professionals representing the broad array of disciplines supported by Title VII & Title VIII, met with their Congressional delegations to share firsthand accounts of how the programs impact their communities. A noon luncheon briefing in the Rayburn House Office building featured presentations highlighting the missions and accomplishments of the programs. The panel of speakers described the importance of full funding to allow the programs to continue to support the training of health professionals to meet the needs of our diverse population.

September 27 , 2006 - Capitol Hill Day

HPNEC sponsored a Capitol Hill Day to allow Title VII and VIII grantees the opportunity to emphasize the benefits of the health professions programs to their Congressional representation. The Day began with a breakfast briefing featuring talks by Dr. Ron Franks of East Tennessee State University and Dr. Jane Kirschling of the University of Kentucky, and a welcome from Senator Jack Reed. Participants then met with over 30 Members and their staff. The issues discussed are outlined in a set of talking points on Title VII (PDF, 1 page - 37 KB) and Title VIII (PDF, 1 page - 35 KB). A summary of the evidence (PDF, 2 pages - 35 KB)demonstrating the effectiveness of the programs is also available.

June 5, 2006 - Capitol Hill Lunch Briefing

HPNEC sponsored a lunch briefing June 5 to demonstrate the devastating impact of cuts to Title VII and VIII health professions programs. Congressional staff heard from four speakers: John Burton, MD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center and Mason F. Lord Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Nalini Jairath, RN, PhD, Dean of The Catholic University of America's School of Nursing; Kathleen Vasquez, MSEd, Director of the University of Ohio AHEC Program, and Director of the Ohio Statewide AHEC Program; and F. Michael Toca, MD, Cardiology Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, who described how his participation at a Center of Excellence guided his professional career. An outline of Dr. Burton's remarks is available here, and Dr. Jairath's PowerPoint presentation can be viewed here.

June 14, 2004 - Capitol Hill Lunch Briefing

Patricia Jennings, Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a physician assistant at a clinic in Birmingham, described her Title VII-supported program, which trains physician assistants to work in underserved areas. Audra Harris, a 2nd year medical student at Howard University and Stephanie Seek, a 2nd year student at Georgetown University, described how the Title VII funds have enabled them to pursue their education and goal of providing care in inner-city communities. Daisy Cruz-Richman, RN, Ph.D., dean of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing, discussed how the Title VIII funds help to alleviate the shortage of nursing faculty at her institution.

April 28, 2004 - HPNEC Capitol Hill Day

The April 28 HPNEC Capitol Hill Day featured 20 students and health care professionals from across the nation meeting with over 30 Congressional offices to urge restoration of the Title VII health professions funds and an increase for Title VIII nursing programs. During breakfast, Bill Hoagland, budget advisor for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) provided an update on the budget process.

Participants urged their Representatives to sign onto a letter organized by Reps. Charlie Norwood (R-Ga.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), urging restoration of the Title VII funds. Their visits highlighted the importance of the programs to ensuring a well-trained, diverse health care workforce, particularly in underserved areas.

May 15, 2003 - Health Professions Leadership Capitol Hill Day

Representatives of various HPNEC member organizations visited 20 Capitol Hill offices to urge restoration of the health professions funding in the FY 2004 budget. Participants cited the importance of the programs in the states and districts and the devastating impact on communities if the president's proposed cuts were approved.

The day began with a breakfast briefing featuring updates from John Myers, Legislative Assistant for Senator Arlen Specter (R-Penn.), who is Chairman of the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, and Charles Dujon, Legislative Director for Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill), a member of the House Labor-HHS Subcommittee. They provided forecasts for the FY 2004 appropriations bills.

February 7, 2003 - Press Briefing on the President's Budget and Proposed Cuts to the Health Professions Programs

HPNEC sponsored a press briefing on February 7 to highlight the severe cuts to the Title VII and VIII programs proposed in the president's FY 2004 budget, released on February 3. The budget eliminates most of the Title VII health professions programs. The briefing featured presentations by Richard Weaver, D.D.S., Associate Director of the Center for Educational Policy and Research at the American Dental Education Association; Carolyn Harris, RN, MSN, JD, FNP, Project Director of the Socialization to Success in Nursing, (SOS) Project and Adjunct Professor at the Howard University Division of Nursing; and Gabriela Henriquez, 3rd year medical student at George Washington University School of Medicine.

HPNEC expresses displeasure with the cuts in a press statement. Below are statements from other HPNEC member organizations.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (PDF, 1 page - 11 KB)
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
(PDF, 2 pages - 25 KB)
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (PDF, 2 pages - 11 KB)
National AHEC Organization (PDF, 1 page - 40 KB)
National Rural Health Association (PDF, 1 page - 12 KB)

July 15, 2002 - Capitol Hill Lunch "Filling the Gap: Health Professions and Quality Health Care for the Underserved"

HPNEC held a lunch briefing for congressional staff on July 15, focusing on the Title VII and VIII health professions and nursing education programs. Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D., contributing editor of Health Affairs, began the briefing by detailing the funding woes of the programs, which are slated for a 71 percent cut in the president's proposed FY 2003 budget. Dr. Mullan, former head of the Bureau of Health Professions, which administers the programs, and a member of the medical staff at the Upper Cardozo Community Health Center in Washington, D.C., discussed the essential role of the Title VII training programs to providing care in underserved areas.

Charles Huntington, MPH, PA, President of the National AHEC Organization, emphasized the programs' interdisciplinary focus and community involvement, and Melissa Brodeur, BSN, MSN, a graduate of the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Nursing and representing the Association of Women's Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, spoke on funding for nursing education and the impact on nursing careers.

April 17, 2002 - Health Professions Leadership Capitol Hill Day

Leaders in the health professions from 13 HPNEC member organizations met with 25 Congressional offices throughout the day to urge that funding be restored to the Title VII and VIII programs, which are cut by 71 percent in the president's FY 2003 proposed budget. The broad range of disciplines supported by this funding were present to respond to the president's budget and emphasize the importance of these programs to improving the quality and diversity of the nation's health care workforce.

The day kicked off with a breakfast briefing featuring John Maupin, DDS, President of the Meharry Medical College; Jim Martin, MD, University of Texas-San Antonio and president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians; and Richard Krugman, MD, Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

February 8, 2002 - Press Briefing on the Impact of the President's Proposed Budget on the Health Professions Programs

HPNEC held a press briefing at the National Press Club to respond to the devastating cuts proposed in the president's FY 2003 budget for the health professions and nursing education programs. The budget includes $94.5 million for the programs, a 75 percent decrease. The briefing included presentations by Denise V. Rodgers, M.D., associate dean of Community Health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine; Sally Tom, EDM, CNM, FACNM, Coordinator of the Nurse-Midwifery Specialty in the Master's Degree Program at the University of Maryland College of Nursing; and Rachel Wallace, M.D., M.S., fellow in the Community Oriented Primary Care and General Academic Pediatrics at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

The HPNEC press release notes that the administration's budget eliminates the programs that are designed to meet the current and future demands for health professionals.

July 23, 2001 - Lunch on the Impact of the Health Professions Programs

Speakers representing a range of disciplines within the Title VII and VIII health professions programs spoke at HPNEC's July 23 lunch briefing on Capitol Hill. The briefing included presentations by Denise V. Rodgers, M.D., associate dean of Community Health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine; Kery Hummel, executive director of the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC); and Nancy Hayes, R.N., participant in Howard University School of Nursing's Nursing Careers for the Homeless program.

Dr. Rodgers discussed the primary care medicine and dentistry component of the health professions programs, drawing attention to the distribution and diversity problems in these professions. Mr. Hummel outlined the purpose and goals of AHECs, and the benefits of interdisciplinary training for health professionals. Ms. Hayes spoke of her personal experience as part of the Nursing Careers for the Homeless program, which allowed her, formerly a homeless mother of five, to enter a rewarding career in nursing.

Congressional staff were on hand for the lunch, which was convened to raise awareness on the importance of these programs.

May 16, 2001 - Health Professions Leadership Capitol Hill Day

HPNEC sponsored a Health Professions Leadership Capitol Hill Day on May 16, featuring a breakfast briefing and visits with Members of Congress throughout the day. Louis Sullivan, M.D., president, Morehouse School of Medicine, and other participants visited more than 25 Senate and House offices to stress the importance of these programs in increasing the accessibility and quality of health care in this country, particularly to underserved populations.

The hill day kicked off with a breakfast briefing for congressional staff. Reps. John Peterson (R-Pa.) and Donna Christian-Christensen (D-V.I.) expressed their support for the programs in the upcoming appropriations process. Dr. Sullivan discussed how these programs decrease health care disparities.

The programs are proposed for a 60 percent cut in the president's budget. In their visits, hill day participants refuted the administration's rationale for cutting the programs, "a physician shortage no longer exists," by emphasizing that they educate and train providers who remain in health professions shortage areas.

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