Hoyer Announces Federal Investments in House Labor, Health & Education Bill

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Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) announced that legislation funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for Fiscal Year 2010, which passed the House today, contains significant investments that will benefit Maryland and the fifth congressional district, including $400,000 for the College of Southern Maryland to address the nursing workforce shortage and $250,000 for the Charles County Community Health Center to provide preventative services to at-risk populations.

“Today, the House passed a fiscally responsible bill that will give more children in Maryland the high quality education they deserve, make it easier for more Marylanders to go to college, and invest in critical health care programs and life-saving research,” said Rep. Hoyer. “I am pleased to announce that this legislation included funding for various programs that will benefit residents in my district.”

Congressman Hoyer helped secure funding for the following programs that will benefit the citizens of Maryland and the 5th Congressional District:

American Russian Cancer Alliance, in partnership with the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute - $1,000,000
Funding for this project would be used to continue a collaborative project between American and Russian cancer research institutions to use their specialized expertise to advance cancer research and its ultimate translation into clinical application.  This funding leverages the expertise, resources and materials provided by both nations to conduct advanced cancer research.  In the past, this research has included the development and production of pharmaceutical grade radioisotopes, and future research will study the effectiveness of an antibody designed to discriminate between cancers and normal, healthy tissue, allowing for even earlier cancer detection.

Best Buddies Maryland - $300,000
Best Buddies is an organization that enhances the lives and fosters the social integration of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This funding would support the 5th District's 18 volunteer-run chapters, as well as additional chapters throughout the State of Maryland.  The funding supports the activities of thousands of Best Buddies participants using a proven and research-tested model. One 2005 study at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill found, "[the] Best Buddy environment is a unique context in which adolescents with [intellectual disabilities] have the potential to learn new skills and safely experiment with new social roles and experiences" (Prinstein and Aikins 2005).

College of Southern MD Simulation Alliance for Health Education - $400,000
The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and the region's hospitals and health care facilities have long shared a collaborative relationship in the development of the regional nursing workforce, and all are committed to developing innovative strategies to address the current and future nursing workforce shortage.  By building on the simulation technologies and experience that currently exist at CSM, a Southern Maryland Simulation Alliance for Health Education will work to meet the challenges of the nursing workforce shortage.  The funding would be used to purchase equipment needed to furnish three clinical simulation laboratories. This project provides an effective simulation environment that can reduce failure rates in the nursing program, provide participants with competency testing prior to graduation, and allow hospitals to validate competencies and further develop clinical skills in their nursing staffs.

Community Health Integrated Partnership - Electronic Pat

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