Sending Office: Honorable Debbie Dingell
Sent By: Joe.McNally@mail.house.gov

 

 

 

 

Request for Signature(s)

Support Funding for Public Health and Preventive Medicine

FY 2019 Cosigners: Barr, Blumenauer, Brown, Butterfield, Cardenas, Clarke, Cohen,
Correa, Courtney, Cummings, Davis (CA), Davis (IL-7), DeFazio, DeSaulnier, Dingell, Doggett, Engel, Espaillat, Evans, Garamendi, Gonzalez (TX), Green, Grijalva, Johnson (TX), Kelly (IL), Kennedy, Kuster, Larson, Loebsack, Lofgren, Lujan, Lynch, Maloney (NY-18),
Matsui, McGovern, McKinley, Napolitano, Norton, Payne, Peters, Pingree, Raskin, Richmond, Sarbanes, Scott (GA-13), Sewell, Smith (WA), Soto, Speier, Takano, Turner, Vela, Wasserman Schultz, Young

FY 2020 Cosigners: Susan Davis, Raúl M. Grijalva, Filemon Vela, Jamie Raskin, Anthony
Brown, Tony Cárdenas, Ann McLane Kuster, Ben McAdams, Dave Loebsack , Danny K. Davis, Harley Rouda, Chellie Pingree

Dear Colleague,

Please join Representatives Dingell (MI) and Young (AK) in requesting sufficient funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) “Public Health and Preventive
Medicine” line item in FY2020.

Funding for Preventive Medicine Residency Training Programs, Public Health Training Centers, and Addiction Medicine Training Programs helps ensure our public health workforce can effectively
promote Americans’ health and wellbeing. These programs work to improve training for the next generation of providers in several critical areas.

The Preventive Medicine Residency Training Programs support post-graduate physician training by funding the planning, development, operation, and training of preventive medicine residents
in accredited programs. HRSA is the sole source of federal funding to these programs.

The Public Health Training Centers (PHTCs) Program provides grants to accredited schools of public health to provide graduate or specialized training to frontline public health workers
and managers in state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments and other public health-related agencies. Over 51,000 state and local public health jobs have been lost to budget cuts since 2008, or about 19 percent of the workforce.

The Addiction Medicine Training Programs train addiction medicine professionals at preventive medicine residency programs, as the subspecialty of addiction medicine has recently come
under the specialty of preventive medicine. This funding would help increase the number of actively practicing certified addiction specialist physicians, as recommended by the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

We hope you will join us in supporting funding for HRSA’s “Public Health and Preventive Medicine” line item in FY2020. To join, please contact Joe McNally in Rep. Dingell’s office
(Joe.McNally@mail.house.gov) or Jesse von Stein in Rep. Young’s office (Jesse.vonStein@mail.house.gov). The deadline to join is COB March 22.

Sincerely,

 

Debbie Dingell                        Don Young

Member of Congress              Member of Congress

 


Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole,

We urge your consideration of our $24 million request for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Public Health Workforce Development’s “Public Health and Preventive
Medicine” line item in the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

Funding for Preventive Medicine Residency Training Programs, the Public Health Training Centers, and Addiction Medicine Training Programs is pivotal to assuring a well-trained public
health workforce equipped to address the drivers of healthcare spending, and to advance the research, training, and action necessary to protect and promote health for all our citizens.

The recommended levels of funding for FY 2020 for each program are:

  • Preventive Medicine Residency Training Programs: $11,000,000
  • Public Health Training Centers: $11,000,000
  • Addiction Medicine Training Programs: $2,000,000

Funding for Preventive Medicine Residency Training Programs supports post-graduate physician training by funding the planning, development, operation, and training of preventive medicine
residents in accredited programs. Preventive medicine physicians are uniquely trained in both clinical medicine and public health to promote and maintain health and well-being and reduce the risks of disease, disability, and death in individuals and populations.
As preventive medicine residents train in community-based settings rather than traditional teaching hospitals, HRSA is the sole source of federal funding to these programs.

The Public Health Training Centers (PHTCs) Program provides grants to accredited schools of public health to provide graduate or specialized training to frontline public health workers
and managers in state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments and other public health-related agencies. Over 51,000 state and local public health jobs have been lost to budget cuts since 2008, or about 19 percent of the workforce. These reductions,
emerging disease threats and new scientific discoveries, require public health workers to learn new skills and master new approaches through ongoing training, which PHTCs provide.

Finally, to address the growing burden of the opioid overdose epidemic, we urge new, specified funding to Addiction Medicine Training Programs that train addiction medicine professionals
at preventive medicine residency programs, as the subspecialty of addiction medicine has recently come under the specialty of preventive medicine. The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recognized the need to increase
the number of actively practicing certified addiction specialist physicians in its final report, and this new, specified funding would help meet that need.

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
$24 million in FY 2020 funding to HRSA for the “Public Health and Preventive Medicine” line item.

Sincerely,

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