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HRSA Health Professions 
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Health Professions is responsible for increasing access to health care by developing, distributing, and retaining a diverse, culturally competent health workforce. Health Professions is responsible for administering Public Health Service Act Title VII (allied health) and Title VIII (nursing) grants, which community colleges may compete to receive. A 2009 Fact Sheet lays out the various workforce programs and services (PDF) offered by HRSA Health Professions.

Office of Minority Health (OMH/HHS)
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' OMH is responsible for the development of policies and programs to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations and eliminate health disparities.

Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages 
This group advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on policy and program development focused on Area Health Education Centers, Geriatrics, Allied Health, Chiropractic, Podiatric Medicine, Social Work, Graduate Psychology, and Rural Health.

Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health 
This group—25 or less non-federal members representing a diverse group of licensed health professionals and practitioners—develops policy and program recommendations and advises the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council on lifestyle-based chronic disease prevention and management, integrative health care practices, and health promotion.

National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS)
This 21-member citizens' panel of nationally recognized rural health experts provides recommendations on rural issues to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) 
NACNEP advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Congress on policy issues related to the Title VIII (nursing) programs administered by the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions Division of Nursing, including nursing workforce, diversity, education and practice.

National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
This center conducts targeted workforce studies to document and project shortages and other trends that influence the adequacy of the U.S. health care system to meet current and future needs. The Center produces the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses and aims to develop a uniform health professions data reporting system that facilitates analysis and comparison over time and across states, jurisdictions, and professions.

National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH)
NIH supports clinical and basic research to establish a scientific basis for the nursing care of individuals across the life span.

National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council)  
This group—heads of 17 federal agencies and chaired by Surgeon General Regina Benjamin—provides coordination and leadership at the federal level and among all executive agencies on prevention, wellness, and health promotion practices.

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