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Support Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY20

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Dear Colleague:

Please join us in signing the attached letter urging the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) Appropriations Subcommittee to support the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII
of the Public Health Service Act) in Fiscal Year 2020. An investment in the nursing workforce of today is an investment in access to health care tomorrow.

Nurses are integral members of all healthcare teams and are valued for their ability to collaborate with other professionals to meet the needs of patients and to improve the quality of America’s healthcare system. Registered Nurses comprise the largest group
of health professionals with more than 4 million licensed providers and students. They offer essential care to patients and their families in diverse delivery settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, community centers, schools, workplaces,
and patient homes.

For more than five decades, the Title VIII programs have helped build the supply and distribution of qualified nurses needed in all healthcare settings. The Title VIII programs bolster nursing education at all levels, from entry-level preparation through
graduate study, and provide support for institutions that educate nurses for practice in rural and medically underserved communities.

Please complete this form to sign on to the letter. If you have any questions, please contact Jack Arriaga in Rep. Bonamici’s office ( 


Suzanne Bonamici

Member of Congress

Rodney Davis

Member of Congress

Tulsi Gabbard

Member of Congress



March XX, 2019


The Honorable Rosa DeLauro                                    The Honorable Tom Cole

Chair                                                                           Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education                  Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education

Appropriations Committee                                         Appropriations Committee

United States House of Representatives                     United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20515


Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:

We respectfully request that you invest in the nation’s health by providing $266 million for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act, administered by HRSA) in the Fiscal Year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

With more than four million providers, Registered Nurses (RNs), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), and other nurses with graduate degrees comprise the largest sector of the healthcare workforce and are essential members of the health professions
team. The RN and APRN pipelines rely on Title VIII program support to advance all aspects of the nursing workforce demand, including education, practice, recruitment, and retention. Title VIII programs bolster education at all levels, from entry-level preparation
through graduate study. These programs support academic institutions and the nurse faculty who prepare today’s nursing students to be tomorrow’s expert clinicians.

It is critical that communities across the country have access to evidence-based, high-quality, and timely care. Title VIII programs advance this endeavor by fostering training and employment opportunities to serve those most in need. For example, in Academic
Year 2016-2017, the Title VIII Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship program supported 2,166 students, of which 80 percent received training in primary care settings. The Title VIII Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention program supported 6,430
individuals for team-based care practices. Seventy-one percent of sites where these individuals received clinical training were located in medically-underserved areas. Additionally, 4,416 students were trained through the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Diversity
program, 100 percent of whom were from underrepresented groups and/or from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, these grantees partnered with 571 training sites to provide 7,800 clinical training experiences.

We sincerely appreciate your past support and continued consideration of our request as your Subcommittee faces a challenging fiscal climate. A strong investment in the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY 2020 is a strong investment in
the nursing workforce, patient well-being, and the sustainability of our nation’s healthcare system.


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