Sending Office: Crow, Jason
Endorsements: National Association of City and County Health Officials, Society for Public Health Education, American Public Health Education
Current Cosponsor: Burgess*, Jackson Lee, Hayes, Sewell, Norton, Trone, Neguse, Grijalva
Politico reported that “the country only has a fraction of workers needed to trace the coronavirus, as health departments are scraping together a rag tag army of graduate student”. Before the pandemic, cuts to public health have decreased the workforce
by 25 percent and weakened the ability of many local health departments to respond to public health emergencies, fight chronic and infectious diseases, and conduct trainings and exercises.
That is why Representative Burgess and I introduced H.R. 6578, the Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2020. This bill would establish the Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program to promote recruitment of public health professionals at local,
State, and Tribal public health agencies.
- To be eligible for the program, individuals must:
- Be in their final year of pursing a public health or health professions degree or certificate OR
- Have graduated from an accredited institution within the past 10 years and accepted employment with a local, State, or Tribal public health agency.
- Individuals accepted into the program must sign a service commitment for at least three years.
- The bill appropriates $100 million for fiscal year 2020 and $75 million for fiscal years 2021 through 2025 for the program.
Such a program would be an innovative approach to help address the crisis in student debt while also enhancing the capacity of public health programs in the U.S.
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