GAO Report: HHS Needs Better Information to Assess Impact of Federal Programs on the Physician Workforce

In 2015, the federal government spent $14.5 billion to fund graduate medical education training for physicians. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was responsible for 90 percent of this spending. A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends information that the agency can collect to aid in determining whether the programs are helping to ensure that enough doctors with specialties that people need will be in the places where our country needs them.

Health Centers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Face Serious Threats as the Next Hurricane Season Approaches

Six months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria pummeled Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), the regions’ twenty-three community health centers continue to play a crucial role in responding to the catastrophe, providing direct care and essential community-based public health services.

Providing Legal Services in Clinical Settings Can Help Promote Health Equity, According to New Research in Health Affairs

As health care organizations seek to address unmet social needs of their patients to improve health care quality, equity, and health outcomes, medical-legal partnership offers a practical intervention to address social and environmental circumstances of patients that have a remedy in civil law. More than 300 health care organizations nationwide have adopted medical-legal partnerships in a wide variety of settings, including general hospitals and health systems, children’s hospitals, health centers, veteran’s health clinics, tribal health organizations, and others.

Training Leaders to Ensure Equity in the Health Workforce

The 16 professionals from around the world who were selected as 2018 Leaders in Health Equity recently began their fellowships with a trip to Washington, DC.  During the two weeks they spent in the U.S. capital they began enhancing their abilities to advance health workforce equity.