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June 11, 2024

Rep. Schiff Announces Over $3 Million for Children's Hospital Los Angeles Pediatric Residency Program

Washington, D.C.— Today, Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services approved over $3 million in funding for the Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to help fund the training of pediatric medical residents. The funding is the fourth of five scheduled payments this year totaling nearly $15 million dollars.

“This crucial funding will support the training of the next generation of talented pediatricians to ensure that CHLA can continue to provide top-notch medical care for our most vulnerable young patients,” said Rep. Schiff.

“Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is home to one of the largest training programs for pediatricians in the United States, and CHGME funding for our residency program is vital for ensuring that we continue to train and nurture the next generation of pediatricians who will provide exceptional care to children in our community,” said CHLA President and Chief Executive Officer Paul S. Viviano. “Children's Hospital is grateful for Representative Schiff’s longstanding support and advocacy, aiding CHLA’s mission to provide our community with world class healthcare today and in the future.”

The funding, part of the largest federal initiative to train and strengthen the pediatric health care workforce, will support CHLA’s residency program, providing training and resources for pediatric residents.

Recent reports have shown that applications to pediatric residencies are declining by nearly six percent year over year and could lead to a staffing shortage of nearly 86,000 physicians by 2036. Schiff is a strong proponent of increasing the annual funding for pediatric residency programs in order to reverse this troubling trend. This funding will help address the growing demand for pediatric care and ensure that CHLA remains at the forefront of medical innovation and excellence.

In addition to his support for increasing funding for pediatric residency programs, Schiff has also led efforts to improve our healthcare system. In May, Schiff urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt a new guaranteed income pilot program to help improve health outcomes for qualifying low income individuals. He also introduced the Support Faculty and Expand Access to Nursing School Act that would provide grant funding through the United States Department of Health and Human Services to nursing schools so they can expand their capacity to train nurses. Schiff also recently introduced bipartisan legislation to address the spike in cybersecurity attacks against American health care systems by requiring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General to perform consistent evaluations of the Department’s cybersecurity systems and report its findings to Congress.