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January 23, 2004:Diary Entry

Yesterday I had substantial meetings with our Congressional Delegation. We let them know the ONLY priority we are focusing on for congressional appropriation funding is for the Community Health Aide/Therapist Program.

We have before us the opportunity to make huge improvements in our Native Health Care Arena and to substantially impact the health status of our people.

Senator Murkowski is holding a hearing on March 15, 2004 on education. I will request to testify on the Community Health Aide/Therapist Program Training and Education opportunities.

An important contact mentioned funding through the Department of Labor for the Health Aides. I’m sending her language on the CHA/P Training today so we can get that funding increase for several million in FY05 – or immediately.

Life for many has the opportunity to improve.

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