Profiles of Success
Funding by State
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees each have approved their FY 2016 Labor-HHS-Ed spending bills. Funding levels for each of the Title VII and VIII programs compared to the president's budget request and prior fiscal years are outlined in this table.
The White House Feb. 2 released its fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request, which proposes $469 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)'s Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs.
Within this total, the president requests $237.8 million for Title VII programs, a $17 million (-6.7 percent) decrease below the FY 2015 levels.
The request proposes a $3.3 million increase for the Title VII Centers of Excellence (COE) program. While the budget again proposes to eliminate the Title VII Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP, -$14 million), it also creates a new "Health Workforce Diversity Program," funded at $14 million.
Following last year's proposal, the administration proposes to eliminate the Title VII Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program. Again the budget requests $10 million to support the Title VII Clinical Training in Interprofessional Practice program and $4 million for the Title VII Rural Health Physician Training grants; however, to date, Congress has not provided funding for either program.
Remaining Title VII programs are proposed to be funded at FY 2015 levels, except the Title VII public health and preventive medicine programs, which are slated for a 19 percent decrease as a result of eliminating the Integrated Medicine Program.
For all Title VIII programs, the administration proposes to maintain
funding at the FY 2015 level of $232 million.
Congressional Support for Titles VII & VIII:
Representatives Michael Burgess, M.D., (R-Texas) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) led a bipartisan Congressional sign-on letter to the House Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) in support of $280 million for Title VII in FY 2016. Reps. Burgess and DeGette were joined by 80 Members of Congress in signing the letter.
Representatives Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) led a bipartisan Congressional sign-on letter to House Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) requesting strong support for Title VIII in FY 2016. Reps. Capps and Hanna were joined by 73 Members of Congress in signing the letter.
Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) led a Congressional sign-on letter to the Senate Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in support of $280 million for Title VII in FY 2016. Senator Reed was joined by 28 Senators in signing the letter.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) led a Congressional sign-on letter to the Senate Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in support of $244 million for Title VIII fun FY 2016. Sen. Merkley was joined by 31 Senators in signing the letter.
The Title VII and Title VIII Video Profiles are now available on YouTube! The Title VII and Title VIII Video Profiles are a collection of 1 to 2 minute videos showing Title VII and Title VIII programs in action at institutions across the country. We are still accepting videos for inclusion on the YouTube page. If you or you members would like to submit a video, please see the video guidelines here, or email Tannaz Rasouli (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) is an informal alliance of more than 60 organizations representing a variety of schools, programs, health professionals and students dedicated to educating professional health personnel. Together, the members of HPNEC advocate for adequate and continued support for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs authorized under Titles VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act. The members of the Coalition believe these programs are essential to the development and training of tomorrow's health professionals and are critical to providing continued health services to underserved and minority communities.
For more information on HPNEC activities or how to join, please contact Tannaz Rasouli, email@example.com, HPNEC Director, (202) 828-0525.