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Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition
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AACOM joined the AAMC in filing with the United States Supreme an amicus curiae brief in support of the University of Michigan in the case, Grutter v. Bolinger.AACOM's Office of Government Relations has been meeting regularly with officials of the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Health Resources and Services Administration to discuss opportunities for COMs to conduct basic science, clinical and educational research.Personnel changes within all of these agencies, as well as significantly lower increases in funding for NIH, flat funding for AHRQ and cuts at HRSA point to leaner, even more competitive times ahead. AACOM Joins AAMC Amicus Brief AACOM joined the AAMC in filing with the United States Supreme Court an amicus curiae brief in support of the University of Michigan in the case, Grutter v. Bolinger.Although the registration deadline has passed (February 28, 2003), information on student Hill Days is available on AACOM's Student Hill Day Website. As AACOM begins its seventh year chairing of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP) government relations representatives, we have stepped up our collective activities in anticipation of Congressional deliberations on two significant issues.The fourteen coalition member organizations will be sharing information, identifying areas of agreement and disagreement and planning strategies to maximize our influence on reauthorization of the Health Professions Education Programs under Titles VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.To that end we have reestablished our monthly meetings (having only met on a "PRN" basis over the past two years), and will be discussing our Titles VII and VIII interests and concerns with Captain Kerry Nesseler, the new Associate Director for Health Professions at the Health Resources and Services Administration in early December. A Higher Education Reauthorization Taskforce has also been established among the FASHP Government Relations representatives and this group has been charged with developing a joint position statement on Higher Education Act Title IV student assistance programs.Most of our organizations have constituency groups similar to AACOM's Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators, which are lending their formidable expertise to this endeavor. Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Health Policy Fellows AACOM hosted the Osteopathic Heritage Health Policy Fellows on November 14-15, 2002.Christine spent two months in Washington, DC, one month with AOA and one month with AACOM researching Racial and Ethnic Disparities in health care.Please see the link to the Senate Report (S. Report 107-216) on AACOM's website. AACOM will host the sixth Student D.O. Day on Captiol Hill on April 3, 2003.AACOM sponsored the fifth annual Student D.O. Day on Capitol Hill on Thursday, April 11, 2002.Approximately 200 students representing all 19 colleges of osteopathic medicine attended. The Student D.O. Day began with Congressman John Peterson (R-PA), Member of the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations, addressing the participants concerning his views on health care and the need for physicians and students to be more proactive in presenting their ideas to policymakers.He also stressed that preventative medicine and nutrition should be emphasized more by physicians.The students then were briefed on the advocacy issues by AACOM staff.The two topics this year were reauthorization of the Health Professions Education Programs under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act; and appropriations for these same programs in the FY 2003 appropriations bill. The students spent the balance of the day meeting with their Congressional delegations and/or their staffs.Student D.O. Day on Capitol Hill was a great success and AACOM staff is in the process of following up with a number of Congressional offices. AACOM would like to recognize Ashley Hood (UHSCOM), Michelle Bens (MSUCOM), Sophia Hazel (AZCOM) and Wade Kubat (UHSCOM).AACOM individually and as a member of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) has been targeting appropriations Committee Members with information documenting success of Title VII programs at much greater than the fuzzy 33% figure noted above.In addition, the success of Title VII programs will be highlighted at our Student Capitol Hill Day on April 11th. Osteopathic Health Policy Intern Student Doctor Katy Farrell of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine completed her month of Health Policy Internship with AACOM and attended numerous Congressional Committee hearings and markups.As with our previous Health Policy Interns, James Treadwell and Wade Kubat, we think that the experience was valuable for Katy and we know that it was valuable for AACOM. The American Osteopathic Association has joined AACOM in nominating Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. to be a member of the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health.AACOM's Government Relation staff are busy putting together the last minute details (appointments, briefing materials, etc.) for the two hundred and ten registered Student D.O. on Capitol Hill Day participants.In a statement for the record submitted to the Chairman of the Committee, AACOM cited several obstacles to recruitment of students into geriatrics, including the low level of payment for primary care and evaluation and management services under the Medicare Fee Schedule.AACOM is in the process of putting together a taskforce to examine geriatric education in COMs and make recommendations regarding possible improvements.These recommendations might be woven into Congressional reauthorization mechanisms for Title VII programs and/or graduate medical education discussions. AACOM has been meeting individually and as a team member of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) with House and Senate Appropriations Committees staff to argue for enhanced health professions support.In addition, AACOM participated in a HPNEC press conference advocating these programs. We have also begun meeting with staff of the Title VII authorizing committees (Senate Health, Education and Labor and House Energy and Commerce) to discuss reauthorization of health professions education law which expires this year. The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine held its final meeting in February and is expected to complete and release its final report in March.AACOM has worked closely with the Commission, and we look forward to our views being reflected in the report. Student Doctor Wade Kubat completed his month of Health Policy Internship with AACOM and had the opportunity to attend hearings and markups in Congressional committees such as Ways and Means, Appropriations, Budget, Finance, Commerce, and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, among others.We think that the experience was valuable for Wade and we know it was valuable for AACOM. On January 29th, AACOM in its capacity as chair of the FASHP government relations representatives, organized a meeting between twelve health professions associations and the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, Dr. Elizabeth Duke.AACOM will host the database on our Website and each school will have the option of having it on their individual sites. Dr. Harry Morris of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a member of the Advisory Committee and, at his request, AACOM forwarded an update on the project to the Deans, Presidents and Family Medicine Department Chairs for their comments.AACOM is beginning to work on advocacy efforts for the fiscal year 2003 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations.As part of this effort, we are developing a budget with the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) which will include anecdotal information regarding the success of Title VII programs at health professions education institutions.Accordingly, we requested that the COM's provide us with examples of Title VII "success stories" by January 18th and we are looking forward to responses.AACOM, in its capacity as chair of the government relations representatives of another coalition, the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP), has scheduled a meeting in late January with Dr. Elizabeth Duke, the Acting Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).Registration forms are available on AACOM's website on the "News" page.At the request of Congressman John Peterson a dozen health organizations including AACOM met with him and his staff to discuss our concerns regarding the Department of Health and Human Servic