From: The Honorable Gene Green
Sent By:
Sergio.Espinosa@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/16/2017

Support Preventative Medicine Training Programs
*Programmatic Request*
Deadline: COB, Thursday, March 30
Dear Colleague:
Please join Sen. Tom Udall (NM) and Rep. Gene Green (TX) in requesting level funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in FY 2018 to continue the
training opportunities for preventive medicine physicians.
Preventive medicine residency training programs provide a blueprint on how to train our future physician workforce. Preventive Medicine resident physicians are trained in
clinical medicine and public health to serve the national, state, and local levels providing leadership in public health, disease prevention, health promotion, disaster preparedness, quality improvement, and patient safety.
Since preventive medicine residents train in community-based settings rather than in the traditional teaching hospital, Medicare and Medicaid do not support the cost of
their graduate medical education (GME). HRSA is the source of this support, but has been able to fund only 25 of the 74 ACGME-accredited programs based on past appropriations.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the Institute of Medicine have both recognized that there is a shortage of preventive medicine physicians. However,
the need for these physicians is not being met by current investments in training. A recent survey conducted by the American College of Preventative Medicine found that in the 2014-2015 academic year, 780 applications were submitted for just 111 available
training slots.
I hope that you will join me to maintain training opportunities for preventive medicine physicians by urging that $12 million be included in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and
Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
For additional information or to sign on to the letter, please contact Sergio Espinosa in my office at
Sergio.Espinosa@mail.house.gov or 5-1688.
Sincerely,
Gene Green
Member of Congress
March XX, 2017
The Honorable Tom Cole                                           The Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro
Chairman, Subcommittee on Labor,                           Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Labor,
Health and Human Services, Education                     Health and Human Services, Education
and Related Agencies                                                 and Related Agencies
United States House of Representatives                    United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515                                            Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:
We urge your consideration of our $12 million request for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to maintain training opportunities for preventive medicine
physicians in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
Preventive medicine residency training programs provide a blueprint on how to train our future physician workforce. These physicians are trained to provide for individual
patient care needs as well as practice at the community and population level to identify and treat the social determinants of health. Preventive medicine physicians are experts in disease prevention, health promotion, disaster preparedness, quality improvement
and patient safety, and lead efforts to integrate primary care and public health. Many preventive medicine physicians have been called upon to ensure the safety of communities most at risk for the Zika virus outbreak.
Since preventive medicine residents train in community-based settings rather than in the traditional teaching hospital, Medicare and Medicaid do not support the cost of
their graduate medical education (GME). HRSA is the source of this support, but has been able to fund only 25 of the 74 ACGME-accredited programs based on past appropriations.
Thank you for your consideration of this request to support the training of medical professionals who dedicate their careers to disease prevention and health promotion by
providing $12 million in FY 2018 funding to HRSA for preventive medicine residency training programs.
Sincerely,
                                                      

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