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Chancellor Statement About Funding Support for Medical School Development in National Healthcare Legislation

November 10, 2009
Statement from Steve Kang, Chancellor, about funding support for medical school development in H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act

We are most appreciative of Congressman Dennis Cardoza's leadership in ensuring that the San Joaquin Valley benefits from the national healthcare legislation by advocating for funding for the development of medical schools in federally designated health professional shortage areas. The Valley is one of the fastest-growing regions in the state and deserves the same access to high-quality healthcare, and a supporting medical school, as found elsewhere in California. Through the combined efforts of Congressman Cardoza and Congressman Jim Costa, we continue working toward attaining the goal of a world-class medical school to serve the Valley and its residents.

In keeping with our mission to expand access to education for Valley residents, and to help lift the region's economy and overall health, we remain committed to developing a research-based medical school as funding – both public and private — is secured. By educating and retaining the next generation of the state's physicians, UC Merced will play an important role in enhancing the long-term health of the region.