A message from the American Academy of Family Physicians:
Help fight the primary care shortage
The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program (THCGME) has been instrumental in fighting the primary care shortage, as well as helping to place physicians in underserved communities. With more than 500 physicians trained at 60 different sites and residents three times more likely to practice in underserved communities, this program is a proven success. However, there is no funding to support the program after 2017.
Thankfully, Rep. David Reichert (R-WA-8) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3) have introduced H.Res. 899, which expresses support for a stable and sustainable funding source for the THCGME program.
As we enter this transition period between the old and new Congress, there is great potential for movement in Washington. Send this prewritten letter to your legislator now to help ensure this vital program continues to train physicians where they are needed most.