Friday, April 28, 2006

Andy's letter to Dave, just received Friday 28th April

Dave

---------------------------- Original Message
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Subject: Stop Cuts for Native Med Ed Programs
From: "jody hassel"
Date: Thu, April 27, 2006 11:47 am
To: "jody"
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Below is a letter from an Alaska Native medical student whose education
is
funded by Federal Title VII programs. Most Alaska Native students in
all
medical fields are almost entirely dependent upon these funds to
continue
their education. Title VII also supports federal loan forgiveness
programs to encourage doctors and nurses to work in under-served Native
hospitals and clinics. Loss of these funds will almost certainly mean
the
end of education for thousands of Alaska Native and Native American
students in many fields of medicine. Please contact your congressional
representatives and ask them to support Title VII funding.

Please read and forward the following from Alaska med student Andy
Elsberg:

Funding for medical programs such as OMCA (Office of Multicultural
Affairs) and NACOE (Native American Center of Excellence) is under
attack!

The last round of letters from students didn't work and things are
looking
rough.

The Bush Administration has proposed elimination of Title VII funding
for
health professional training, which mostly funds progams for
recruitment
and retention of under-represented people into the health professions,
encouragement of primary care, and support of work in under-served
areas.
At UW School of Medicine these funds comprise a large proportion of the
OMCA (Office of Multicultural Affairs) and NACOE (Native American
Center
of Excellence) budgets. The conventional wisdom was they would be
reinstated...but last I heard they were not.

The programs at Univ of Washington (which is Alaska's med school) are
now
temporarily funded but at risk. The multicultural affairs office at UW
med
school includes the Native American Center of Excellence which supports
Native American and Alaska Native students and runs a training program
for
anyone interested in working in Native communities. It also helps
direct
students towards research in Native relevant health topics. Federal
money
is these programs' primary source of funding.

So we need letters to Uncle Ted (Sen. Ted Stevens, R-AK), Sen. Lisa
Murkowski (R-AK), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), and other representatives to
get
it funded again. Lots of Native and non-Native Alaskan students have
been
supported by title VII programs.

Also at risk is the ENTIRE budget for Urban Indian health care....a
program
that gets chopped and reinstated every year which is a slap in the face
to
the urban community and their health care providers. There is always
the
risk it won't get reinstated.

Make some noise..

thanks,
Andy

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