For Immediate Release

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Touro University California Garners Major Funding to Support Healthcare Program

(Vallejo, CA – February 13, 2012) – Touro University California (TUC) is pleased to announce it has been awarded $125,060 through the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to enhance the University’s Physician Assistant training program and its ability to provide training for needed medical services to Californians.

The funding, which was awarded through OSHPD’s Song-Brown Program, will provide recruitment support for students who are from underserved areas or backgrounds and sites that serve underserved populations. In addition, funding will provide site training, and provide housing and transportation stipends for students who are on rotations at underserved sites.

This is the fifth consecutive year Touro University has garnered funding from OSHPD. Last year, TUC was awarded $54,536.

“The Song-Brown Program helps bridge the gap between enhancing training programs and improving access to vulnerable populations,” said Grace Landel, Physician Assistant Program Director at TUC. “This award will ensure we are expanding our process for training physician assistants who are committed to decreasing health disparities in California.”

TUC’s program, which is the only PA training program to grant all graduates both a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Public Health program is in alignment with the Song-Brown legislation, and includes training quality PA’s to work with underserved populations, recruiting applicants from these communities, and increasing access to care for underserved populations.

The Song-Brown Program was established to increase the number of health professional training slots in established medical schools. The program encourages universities and primary care health professionals to provide healthcare in medically underserved areas and provides financial support to family practice residencies as well as to nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and registered nurse education programs throughout California.

OSHPD announced awards totaling $1.47 million to only 12 Universities throughout California.  The awards are funded by the California Health Data Planning Fund, which was statutorily established to receive and expend revenues in support of healthcare related programs.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.