• AAFP Advocacy Focus: Title VII of the Public Health Service Act


    For 50 years, Title VII of the Public Health Service Act has provided grants to support primary care clinician training as well as curriculum and faculty development. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act reauthorized and expanded these important tools to help support the training of family physicians.

    Specifically, grants provided under Title VII’s Section 747 will continue to support traditional training for family physicians, while two new programs provide an alternative approach to primary care education

    • Teaching Health Centers Development Grants back training of primary care residents in non-hospital settings, where most primary care is delivered.
    • Rural Physicians Training Grants are intended to help medical schools recruit and train students to practice medicine in underserved rural communities.

    Why We Fight

    Title VII Section 747 grants, already vital to family medicine, will become even more important as the population ages and the demand for primary care increases. With the ACA under ongoing threat, the Academy advocates for legislation that maximizes the reach and power of Title VII's training and development provisions. 

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