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STATEMENT OF DAVID SATCHER

Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee, thank you for

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President of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and

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Atlanta, GA;

the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy in

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University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in New Orleans, LA;

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50% of the nation's Black pharmacists, and 75% of the nation's

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students who attend our schools become a significant issue.

For a long time our schools have struggled against terrific

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impact in enabling us to achieve our mission to improve the poor

health status of Blacks and other minorities and to address the

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nation's physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and veterinarians are

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institutions endure a financial struggle which is inherent in our

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students, our institutions are not able to use tuition to respond

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the patient populations served by these institutions have historically poor, they have not earned money from the process of patient care at a time when the average medical school gets 40 to

50% of its revenue from patient care.

There is a direct correlation between the health disparity among Blacks and Whites and the underrepresentation of minorities

in the health professions.

The 1985 HHS Secretary's Task Force

Report on Black and Minority Health documented that the infant

mortality rate for blacks is almost double that of whites, and that life expectancy for blacks is significantly shorter than that for whites. Blacks suffer disproportionately high rates of cancer, diabetes, pulmonary complications, and other disorders

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mentioned in the 1985 report is now a leading cause of death and

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prioritizing

his leadership in specifically addressing and minority and disadvantaged health in the budget.

Congressman

Louis Stokes and Senator Edward Kennedy are also to be commended

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Disadvantaged Minority Assistance Act, which authorized 117 million dollars to be appropriated. That initiative included

many programs to aid minority health including an expansion of the Centers for Excellence program and increased funding for the

National Health Service Corps.

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is eliminated in the President's budget when in fact the program

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need significant increases in order to improve upon its essential

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function of providing health care the medically underserved. The President's FY '92 budget proposes only 10% increase in

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NHSC funding

an insignificant amount given the 1,500 designated

health manpower shortage areas in our country.

Education Department Budget

The FY'92 budget proposal for the Department of Education is

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The deteriorating pool of minority applicants to medical schools,

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medical schools were all cited by the Council on Graduate Medical

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proposal did not recommend an increase for HBCUs or HBCU graduate

institutions. AMHPS supports expanding the eligible institutions for participation in these programs with increased funding

to

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new funding was authorized for "other" new Centers

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