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STATEMENT OF DAVID SATCHER
Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee, thank you for
President of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and
the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy in
University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in New Orleans, LA;
50% of the nation's Black pharmacists, and 75% of the nation's
students who attend our schools become a significant issue.
For a long time our schools have struggled against terrific
impact in enabling us to achieve our mission to improve the poor
health status of Blacks and other minorities and to address the
nation's physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and veterinarians are
institutions endure a financial struggle which is inherent in our
students, our institutions are not able to use tuition to respond
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
mentioned in the 1985 report is now a leading cause of death and
his leadership in specifically addressing and minority and disadvantaged health in the budget.
Louis Stokes and Senator Edward Kennedy are also to be commended
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.
is eliminated in the President's budget when in fact the program
need significant increases in order to improve upon its essential
function of providing health care the medically underserved. The President's FY '92 budget proposes only 10% increase in
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
The deteriorating pool of minority applicants to medical schools,
medical schools were all cited by the Council on Graduate Medical
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
new funding was authorized for "other" new Centers