Skip to Content

Filter by:

Washington Highlights

Bipartisan Group of Members Send House Letter in Support of Title VII in FY 2014

April 19, 2013—Representatives Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Mike Burgess (R-Texas) led an April 11 letter urging House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) to provide $280 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Title VII health professions programs in FY 2014. A total of 75 Members, including 3 Republicans, joined Reps. DeGette and Burgess on the letter.

The letter highlights the role of the Title VII programs, which celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2013, as the only federally-funded programs that seek to improve the supply, distribution, and diversity of the primary care workforce by providing educational and training opportunities in interdisciplinary, community-based settings. The letter notes, “Since their inception, the programs have helped the workforce adapt to the nation’s changing health care needs.”

“Today,” the letter continues, “the programs help strengthen the supply of primary care professionals, expand access to care in rural and urban underserved areas, and work to develop a workforce that reflects the nation’s increasing diversity.” Further, “the programs help advance timely priorities, such as strengthening education and training opportunities in geriatrics to better care for the nation’s aging population and working to close the gap in access to mental and behavioral health services by bolstering the supply of mental and behavioral health providers.”

In closing, the letter urges appropriators “to make the nation’s next generation of health professionals a priority with a strong investment in the Title VII programs” in FY 2014.

Meanwhile, the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) March 15 submitted a written statement for the record to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, recommending $520 million for HRSA’s Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce programs in FY 2014. Led by the AAMC, HPNEC is an informal alliance of more than 60 national organizations representing schools, programs, health professionals and students dedicated to ensuring the health care workforce is trained to meet the needs of our diverse population.


Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418


envelope on a green background

Subscribe to Washington Highlights

RSS icon

Subscribe to RSS

Washington Highlights, a weekly electronic newsletter, features brief updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting medical schools and teaching hospitals.

Past Issues

For More Information

Jason Kleinman
Sr. Legislative Analyst, Govt. Relations
Telephone: 202-903-0806