AAHC Commends New Health Care Workforce Commission Members

Oct 04, 2010, 10:33 ET from Association of Academic Health Centers

Calls on Congress for Full Funding to Support a National Health Workforce Strategy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) commends the Comptroller General's selection of the 15 members of the new National Health Care Workforce Commission. The AAHC is pleased that representatives from eight AAHC member institutions were appointed to the Commission, including AAHC Board Director Harold M. Maurer, MD and former AAHC Board Director Sheldon Retchin, MD, MSPH. "The recognized leadership, experience, and expertise of the members will be a great asset as the Commission pursues its vitally important mission to articulate a comprehensive and coordinated national health workforce strategy," said Dr. Steven A. Wartman, AAHC President and CEO.  "The AAHC looks forward to the Commission's findings and recommendations ensuring the nation's health workforce can meet current and future needs."

In response to the selection of Commission members, the AAHC urges Congress to take affirmative steps necessary for the Commission to carry out its responsibilities.  

  1. Provide adequate funding:  Congressional leaders should follow the recommendation of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies and fund the Commission, enabling it to commence operation as quickly as possible.
  2. Set high expectations:  Congressional leaders should urge the Commission to go beyond the timetable provided for in authorizing legislation and adopt a more ambitious agenda to develop and submit recommendations for policy makers in order to decisively address the accelerating challenges facing the nation's health workforce.
  3. Actively engage the Commission on a regular basis:  Congressional leaders should engage the Commission through briefings, hearings, and other forms of public discourse throughout the year to elevate the Commission's visibility, hold Commission members accountable, and encourage dialogue about needed health workforce reforms.

The AAHC represents more than 100 academic health centers, with a mission to improve the nation's health care system by mobilizing and enhancing the strengths and resources of the academic health center enterprise in health professions education, patient care, and research.

SOURCE Association of Academic Health Centers