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Meharry Medical College President Testifies Before the U.S. House of Representatives
Date:5/12/2010

Dr. Wayne J. Riley urged House Appropriations Subcommittee to increase funding to federal programs supporting Meharry and the nation's 12 other minority health professions schools

Washington, D.C. (Vocus) May 12, 2010 -- Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP, President & Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Wednesday in his new role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS).

AMHPS is a consortium of the nation's 13 historically black medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary schools. Dr. Riley testified that the historic passage of the health reform bill will result in an increased demand for minority health professionals. He called for increased funding of core federal programs that support AMHPS institutions.

"The need to produce more health professionals will only increase with more citizens having access to health care,” Riley said.

Dr. Riley told the House Subcommittee that minority health professionals address a critical national need because they are significantly more likely to work in rural and medically underserved areas, provide care for minorities and treat low-income patients. Riley also noted the disparity in African Americans in the health care workforce with blacks representing approximately 13 percent of the national population and approximately 3 percent of the nation's health care workforce.

"After the historic passage of the health reform bill, which AMHPS supported, the nation's supply of health professionals, especially minority health professionals which tend to serve more in underserved areas, w
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