ERIC Number: ED426638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-25
Reference Count: N/A
Health Professions Education: Clarifying the Role of Title VII and VIII Programs Could Improve Accountability. Statement for the Record by Bernice Steinhardt, Director, Health Services Quality and Public Health Issues, Health, Education, and Human Services Division. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Public Health and Safety, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
This testimony focuses on the reauthorization of the health professions education programs authorized under titles VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act. It argues that the effectiveness of these programs--which are designed to increase the number of health professionals, improve their distribution in locations that have a shortage of health professionals, and add minorities to their ranks--will remain difficult to measure as long as they are authorized to support a broad range of health care objectives without common goals, outcome measures, and reporting requirements. The testimony maintains that the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 and the "clustering" concept offer an opportunity to address these problems by providing the framework and flexibility to clarify the role of Title VII and VIII programs and direct federal efforts to achieve desired outcomes. It is concluded that unless these steps are taken with a clear eye to addressing the problems, these developments could meet with little success. (MDM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Allied Health Occupations Education, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Health Personnel, Higher Education, Medical Education, Minority Groups, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Public Health Service Act