As Congress continues to work to strengthen the nation’s health system in response to COVID-19, health workforce development has emerged as a key area of focus due to growing provider shortages and their impact on the quality of care delivered to all communities. We urge you to contact your representatives today in support of increased funding for all Title VII health workforce development programs for fiscal year 2023.
To effectively combat workforce shortages and improve health outcomes for disadvantaged populations, Congress must invest in both new and existing Title VII programs designed to produce a sufficient supply of high-quality, diverse clinicians who are ready to serve our most vulnerable patients. These programs include:
- The Health Careers Opportunity Program, which provides targeted K-16 programming targeted to marginalized students to expose them to the possibility of pursuing a career in the health professions and ensure they have the resources necessary to matriculate into a program;
- Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, which provide financial support to ensure that students are retained in their programs through graduation;
- Area Health Education Centers, which facilitate clinical placements for PA and other health professions students in underserved areas through community partnerships;
- Primary Care Training and Enhancement grants, which provide high-quality clinical training experiences for students, incentivize students to practice in underserved areas, and increase the number of clinicians practicing in primary care; and
- The Rural Maternal and Obstetric Care Training demonstration program, which would provide funding to PA education and other health professions programs to support clinical training opportunities in community-based settings.
Now that the FY 2023 appropriations process is officially underway, we need your help to ensure that these critical investments are made. Please contact your representatives today to urge them to support increased funding for all Title VII health workforce development programs for fiscal year 2023.