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Help Health Professionals in your District—Support Title VII Funding!

DEADLINE: March 14th COB

Current Cosigners for FY19Joyce Beatty, Donald S. Beyer Jr., Suzanne Bonamici, Julia Brownley,  G.K. Butterfield, Michael E. Capuano, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Emanuel Cleaver, Danny K. Davis, Diana DeGette, Ted Deutch, Eliot L.
Engel, Brian Fitzpatrick, John Garamendi, Gregg Harper, Brian Higgins, Ron Kind, Leonard Lance, James R. Langevin, Rick Larsen, John B. Larson, Donald M. Payne, Jr., Scott Peters, C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Terri A. Sewell, Mark Takano, Filemon Vela, Peter
Welch, and John Yarmuth

Previous CosignersJoyce Beatty, Donald S. Beyer Jr., Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Michael C. Burgess, M.D., G.K. Butterfield, Michael E. Capuano, Matt Cartwright, Joaquin Castro, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Yvette D. Clarke,
Mike Coffman, Elijah E. Cummings, Danny K. Davis, Pete, DeFazio, Diana DeGette, John Delaney, Suzan DelBene, Debbie Dingell, Eliot L. Engel, Anna G. Eshoo, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tulsi Gabbard, John Garamendi, Gene Green, Raúl M. Grijalva, Brian Higgins, Eddie
Bernice Johnson, John Katko, William R. Keating, Ron Kind, Anne McLane Kuster, Barbara Lee, Sandy Levin, Jason Lewis, Daniel Lipinski, Dave Loebsack, Stephen F. Lynch, Doris Matsui, James P. McGovern, Beto O’Rourke, Bill Pascrell, Donald M. Payne, Jr., Ed
Perlmutter, Scott Peters, Chellie Pingree, Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, Raul Ruiz,, M.D., C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Jan Schakowsky, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Louise M. Slaughter, Adam Smith, Jackie Speier, Mark Takano, Niki Tsongas, Juan Vargas, Marc Veasey, Filemon
Vela, Peter Welch, Frederica S. Wilson, John Yarmuth

Dear Colleague:

We encourage you to join us in signing the attached letter urging appropriators to include $336 million for Title VII health professions education and training programs in the upcoming FY 2019 Labor-HHS appropriations bill

Title VII programs provide grants to educational institutions and other entities that educate and train primary care health professionals in rural and urban areas that are classified as underserved. The training that students receive through Title VII programs
greatly increases the likelihood that they will return to and practice in these underserved areas, helping to address our nation’s workforce shortages. In addition, Title VII programs increase the diversity and cultural competency of our nation’s health care
workforce, an important role as the U.S. population grows and becomes more diverse.

Continued support for Title VII programs is essential to prepare the next generation of health professionals for the rapidly changing and emerging needs of the growing and aging American population.

We urge you to sign the attached letter to invest in these programs and enable them to continue improving the distribution, quality, and diversity of the health professions workforce.

Please contact Elyssa Malin ( by March 14th to sign.

Jim Langevin

Member of Congress

Leonard Lance

Member of Congress

Diana DeGette 

Member of Congress

Gregg Harper

Member of Congress



Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

As you begin work on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, we respectfully urge you to support the nation’s health care workforce by including $336 million for Title VII health professions education
and training programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These programs provide direct financial support for health care workforce training and development. Furthermore, they are the only federal programs designed to fill gaps in the
supply of health professionals, respond to the needs of special and underserved populations, and increase minority representation in the health care workforce.

Title VII programs have a longstanding history of helping the nation’s health care workforce adapt to its changing medical needs. These programs help strengthen the supply of adult and pediatric primary care professionals while also preparing the next generation
of providers. Title VII programs are also critical in helping advance timely priorities, such as strengthening training opportunities in geriatrics as well as integrating mental and oral health in primary care. For example, some Title VII grantees provide
chronic care management for seniors while others provide education and training in Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, these programs are working to address the mental health gaps in our nation’s health care system by developing and training the next generation
of behavioral health providers.

At a time when the country is facing unprecedented provider shortages, as well as a rapidly growing and aging population, it is necessary to continue our strong commitment to programs that advance our healthcare work force, such as:

  • Area Health Education Centers (AHEC),
  • Allied Health,
  • Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training,
  • Centers of Excellence (COE),
  • Clinical Training in Interprofessional Practice,
  • Faculty Loan Repayment,
  • Geriatrics Training,
  • Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP),
  • Mental and Behavioral Health programs,
  • Oral Health Training,
  • Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment,
  • Primary Care Medicine,
  • Public Health and Preventive Medicine,
  • Rural Physician Training Grants,
  • Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS),
  • Teaching Health Center (THC) Planning Grants, and
  • Workforce Information and Analysis.

These education and training programs guide current and aspiring health professionals to high-demand careers. Support for these programs will ensure that the distribution, quality, and diversity of our nation’s health professions workforce continues to improve
and that the workforce is prepared to meet the country’s evolving and emerging health care needs.

We respectfully urge you to make the nation’s next generation of health professionals a priority with a strong investment in Title VII programs in the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill. We greatly appreciate your
consideration of this request.                                                                   


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