The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee heard testimony from two Utahns Thursday on a bill to reauthorize the health research and training provisions of the Public Health Service Act.
Dr. David Sundwall, Health Resources and Services administrator and a former aide to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told the committee that the existing categorical health education provisions in current law should be replaced by a single comprehensive authority for grants to, or cooperative agreements with, states and private entities.The old law has proven to be inflexible, Sundwall said.
Dr. Cecil O. Samuelson, dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, appeared before the committee to support the provisions for health professions education on behalf of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Samuelson commended committee Chairman Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., for introducing the reauthorization bill. He said the association is greatly concerned that student aid and minority recruitment programs be continued by the federal government.
Hatch, ranking Republican on the committee, said health manpower programs in the bill "are of critical importance in our struggle to meet the health manpower needs of our nation.