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AAMC Coalition Celebrates 50 Years of Health Professions Workforce Programs

September 27, 2013—The AAMC-led Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) Sept. 24 hosted a Capitol Hill briefing commemorating the 50th anniversary of when President John F. Kennedy signed the first health professions programs into law. Over 70 congressional staff and other attendees heard presentations highlighting how the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce programs continue to adapt to meet the nation’s needs, as well as the impact they have on the individuals and communities they serve.

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, spoke about how the Title VII and VIII geriatrics programs prepare health professionals to care for the nation’s rapidly growing, aging population. Dr. Fain said the programs are “critically important” to expanding the geriatric workforce, as there are shortages across all health disciplines. She also highlighted how the interdisciplinary nature of the geriatrics programs improves the quality of health care while reducing costs.

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, spoke about the history of Title VIII nursing programs and how today, they help address the shortage of nurses and nurse faculty.

A third speaker, Tiffany Groover, M.D., M.P.H., graduate of the Title VII Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholar, and primary care physician at Total Health Care, Inc. in Baltimore, spoke about how HCOP helped her achieve her dream of becoming a physician. Dr. Groover also spoke about the importance of the Title VII diversity pipeline programs in increasing the representation of minorities in the health professions and meeting the needs of the nation’s underserved populations.

In response to questions from attendees, panelists spoke about the need for continued funding, the dangers of cuts from sequestration, and the consequences of uncertain funding from year-to-year.

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


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