FY 2008 Bureau of Health Professionals Appropriations - February 2008

February 1, 2008

The FY2008 appropriations ended just after Christmas with the Bureau of Health Professions being included in an Omnibus Bill and receiving a 1.4% cut across the board. The Graduate Psychology Education program received $1.8 million for the second year in a row despite efforts to increase the amount.

Program FY'06 FY'07 FY'07 Program Descriptions
National Health Services Corps - Loan Repayment Programs  $126.7 million $125,673 $123,477 Fully trained health professionals, including psychologists, who are dedicated to working with the underserved and have qualifying educational loans are eligible to compete for repayment of those loans if they choose to serve in a community of greatest need. In addition to loan repayment, these clinicians receive a competitive salary and a chance to have a significant impact on a community.
Training for Diversity – Centers Of Excellence $12,000 $11,880 $12,773 Centers of Excellence grants assist health professions schools to support programs of excellence in health professions education for minority individuals in allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy and graduate programs in behavioral or mental health (clinical and counseling psychology, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy). COE strengthens the national capacity to train students from minority groups that are under-represented in these health professions and build a more diverse health care workforce.
Training for Diversity – Health Careers Opportunity Program   $4,000/
 Health Careers Opportunity Program grants increase the number of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds in the health and allied health professions. A more diverse health workforce is needed to meet the needs of underserved populations. HCOP enhances the academic skills of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and supports them in successfully competing, entering and graduating from health professions training programs.

Training for Diversity – Faculty Loan Repayment
$700 $1,289 $1,266 The Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) is a loan repayment program for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who serve as faculty at eligible health professions schools for a minimum of two years. In return, the Federal Government agrees to pay up to $20,000 of the outstanding principal and interest on the individual’s education loans for each year of service. This program is designed to increase the number of faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds who act as role models and mentors for students from similar backgrounds. Hence, faculty, as used in this section, means a position that is primary teaching, rather than administrative or research. The employing school must also make payments of principal and interest to the faculty member in an amount equal to the amount of such quarterly payments made by the HHS Secretary for each year in which the recipient serves as a faculty member under contract with HHS. In addition, the school must pay the usual salary to the faculty member. The Secretary may waive the school’s matching requirement if the Secretary determines it will impose an undue financial hardship on the school.
Training for Diversity – Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students $35,128 $46,657 $45,842 The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program provides scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in health professions and nursing programs. Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the cost of attendance (tuition, reasonable educational expenses and reasonable living expenses).
Training for Diversity – Minority Faculty Fellowship Program $108,786 $0 $0 Minority Faculty Fellowship Program grants increase the number of health professions faculty who are racial and ethnic minorities under-represented in the health professions. The grants enable schools to provide a stipend and a training allowance to faculty.
Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages – Geriatric Program $31,548 $30,997 Geriatric Education Center (GEC) grants are made to accredited health professions schools, programs that train physician assistants and schools of allied health. Since 1985, 375,000 health professionals have received training in geriatrics through the Centers.
Graduate Psychology Education $1.8 million $1.8 million Provides grants for psychology (including geropsychology) training with underserved populations through an interdisciplinary approach.