For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771
andrea.garcia@tu.edu

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 is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: www.touro.edu/news