Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce

Improving Federal Health Care in Rural America: Developing the Workforce and Building Partnerships

Date: May 23, 2013
Time: 10:00am
Location: SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss efforts by the federal health care workforce to address the needs of rural America, including veterans and Native Americans in those communities.  The hearing identified some of the challenges of this task, including efforts to recruit and retain a quality federal health care workforce, and to highlight various opportunities for collaboration and cost-sharing, including stronger partnerships between agencies, local individuals and the private sector.  In addition, the hearing provided an opportunity to discuss how individuals in rural communities are affected by a lack of access to health care services, specifically mental health care, and what can be done to improve access for these individuals.


Panel I

The Honorable

Robert A.


Under Secretary for Health

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Panel I

The Honorable



Director, Indian Health Service

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Panel I



Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Panel II



Executive Director

National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montana

Panel II



National Policy Director

Wounded Warrior Project