Support Funds to help Keep up the U’s Practice of family medicine doctors

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has coached over 1,900 family medicine doctors in the last 45 years. More than 70 percent have stayed in Minnesota. More than 80 percent of all Minnesota counties have practicing. As a faculty member in this department, I’m privileged to see every day the fire and dedication of our hard-working residents and school to supplying a range of evidence-based integrated health-care services to the underserved, into rural communities, also to groups facing injustice and discrimination, to immigrants/refugees, and also to ALL individuals across Minnesota.

In 2015, the division dropped 14 million who had previously been available through UCare to encourage its teaching and family medicine residency applications. As a result of this reduction of  sustainable funding, training positions are cut. We need support to be able to continue to train.

HF 889 / SF 715 suggests to provide about $6 million for the first year and $8 million in the year later. It will provide a solid financial footing so that the U of M Department of Community Health and Family Medicine can continue to fulfill the mission of training.

Please consult with your state senator and representative and ask them to consciously encourage the funding of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Community Health and Family Medicine . Thank you.

Michelle Sherman, Ph.D., is currently a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota.

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