Sending Office: Honorable James R. Langevin
Sent By:
Katherine.Lee@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Help Health Professionals in your District—

Support Title VII Funding!

**DEADLINE: March 27th at Noon**

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Dear Colleague:

We encourage you to join us in signing the attached letter urging appropriators to include $424 million for Title VII health professions education and training programs in the upcoming FY 2020 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 health care workforce shortages. In addition, Title VII programs increase the diversity and cultural competency of our nation’s
health care workforce, which is increasingly important as the U.S. population grows and becomes more diverse.

Continued support for Title VII programs is also essential to prepare the next generation of health professionals for the rapidly changing and emerging needs of the 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 Katherine Lee (katherine.lee@mail.house.gov) by March 27th at noon to sign.
 

Sincerely,

Diana DeGette

Member of Congress

Michael Burgess

Member of Congress

Jim Langevin

Member of Congress

Brian Fitzpatrick

Member of Congress

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LETTER TEXT

Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:

As you begin work on the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, we respectfully urge you to support the nation’s health care workforce by including $424 million for Title VII health professions
education and training programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Title VII programs 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. While we understand that the Committee is faced with difficult choices to ensure fiscal responsibility, we urge you to consider the positive impact that Title VII funding has on health care
workforce training and development across the United States, as well as its value to the business community, which relies on these programs for a skilled 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 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 health care workforce such as:

•           Area Health Education Centers (AHEC),

•           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,

•           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 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. We greatly
appreciate your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

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