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Morehouse President Named to New Federal Health Care Commission

Dr. John E. Maupin, Jr. to help shape the future of the health care workforce

With Reuters reporting recently that health care reform will worsen the U.S. doctor shortage (projected to be 50% worse in 2015 than previously thought), the new National Health Care Workforce Commission will have a more critical task than ever in advising the nation about medical training and the future of the health care workforce.
 
Dr. John E. Maupin, Jr., president of Morehouse School of Medicine and recent appointee to the National Health Care Workforce Commission, is available to provide commentary on the implications of this news and the potential impact of this first-of-its-kind commission on solving the country’s health care worker shortage.
 
“Today’s appointees bring impressive expertise and professional credentials to their role of advising policymakers on ways to improve the health care workforce which is so essential to ensuring the health and safety of the American people,” said Gene L. Dodaro, head of the GAO.
 
Dr. Maupin is one of the first 15 members to be appointed to the Commission, and will serve a two-year term. The Commission will act as a national resource for the President, Congress, states and localities to make policy recommendations about the health care workforce needs of minority, rural and medically underserved communities. With the Center for American Progress predicting a shortage of 200,000 physicians and one million nurses in the U.S. by 2020, supporters believe the Commission will be critical in ensuring that enough health care workers serve in vulnerable communities. Beyond making policy recommendations for these populations, the Commission could affect thousands of medical students by creating scholarships for them to practice in medically underserved areas.
 
“I’m honored by this appointment and I know that the future success of health reform efforts is highly dependent upon the quality and diversity of tomorrow’s health workforce,” said Dr. Maupin.  “I look forward to working with my other distinguished colleagues in this important endeavor.”

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