Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Campaign for More Meds

Another med school?

Waiting is not an option. It’s time for a medical school in the Valley

By Adam Gray. Adam Gray represents the 21st Assembly District, including Merced and part of Stanislaus County.

June 20, 2018, Merced Sun-Star

Three years ago, I secured $1 million in funding from the state budget for the University of California to study a medical school at its Merced campus. My goal was to highlight the dramatic disparities in access to care for residents of Merced County and reinvigorate the conversations around developing a medical school. 

The UC’s report, “Improving Health Care Access in the San Joaquin Valley,” is now completed and details numerous health challenges faced by residents of the San Joaquin Valley along with a number of recommendations to improve access to care.* A companion report, “Current and Future Health Professions Workforce Needs in the San Joaquin Valley,” includes statistics on healthcare workforce shortages.** ...

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