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Investing In Frontline Health Workforce Essential To Ending Preventable Deaths, Ensuring Global Health Security

The Hill: Frontline health workers: Saving lives and maximizing our global health dollars
Reps. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), both serving on the House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

“…Deficiencies in the frontline health workforce pose enormous hurdles to global health progress and security that demand a sharper focus and greater oversight of U.S. foreign assistance to train and support these workers. … In programs across several agencies, the United States has trained hundreds of thousands of frontline health workers, and we are working with our partners to sustainably address health workforce gaps. … Yet, there is no strategy or action plan across agencies to continue guiding this effort. This hampers both executive agencies’ and Congress’s ability to ensure that America’s global health investments reap the greatest possible return. H.Res. 419 calls for such a plan. Conservative investments in frontline health workers and a basic U.S. strategy can have an outsized impact to help millions in hard-to-reach populations access essential health care. … Let’s come together to pass H. Res. 419 to continue the progress we’ve made to end preventable deaths and to help protect Americans from global health security threats for decades to come” (4/7).

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