AGHE Position on FY2007 Budget Proposals
The Association of Gerontology in Higher Education is committed to expanding the workfrce of competently trained health professionals in all disciplines to care for today’s and tomorrow’s rapidly growing older population.
Therefore, it supports the reinstatement in the FY 2007 budget of the $7 billion that was cut from the Labor, HHS, Education discretionary funding in the President's FY 2006 Budget and restore it to FY 2005 levels. This funding would specifically restore cuts to the Function 500 (health) and 550 (education) funds that include important aging programs at NIH and Title VII geriatrics and gerontology training. These programs include the Geriatric Education Centers, Geriatric Fellowship Training, and Geriatric Academic Career Awards. Other programs that would be reinstated include program such as Community Service and Social Service block grants, Meals on Wheels, and many other education, training, and employment programs for young people.
The 50 Geriatric Education Centers (GECs) throughout the nation have strengthened interdisciplinary training of health professionals in assessment, chronic disease syndromes, care planning, emergency preparedness, and cultural competence unique to older Americans. Since 1986, the GECs have trained more than 425,000 health care professionals from 27 health-related disciplines to better serve the burgeoning older adult population. In FY 2005, 102 faculty members in medical schools throughout the United States received funding to increase their knowledge in aging and develop leadership in educational, clinical and research in geriatrics.