HHS awarded $18.6 million to more than 80 residency programs, universities and other schools to boost diversity among U.S. nurses, train primary-care physicians and preventive medicine specialists and increase the supply of physician assistants. The grants, funded by a pair of federal workforce development programs called Title VII and Title VIII, include $6.8 million to expand nursing education for minority and disadvantaged students.
Another $5.5 million was awarded for family medicine residency programs, and pre-doctoral programs received an additional $3.2 million. Five grants totaling $1.2 million will fund preventive medicine residency programs. Five universities received roughly $908,000 to fund physician assistant programs. Finally, five additional grants worth a combined $1.02 million will fund use of technology to expand nursing school capacity and training for doctors who will teach family medicine.
In 2007, federal funding for Title VII increased 27% to $185 million while funding for Title VIII held steady at $150 million, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges. President Bush has proposed a 95% reduction to the Title VII funding to $10 million for fiscal 2008. The Bush administrations proposal also includes a $45 million, or 30%, cut to Title VIII. -- by Melanie Evans
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