42 USC 294n - Health professions workforce information and analysis

(a) Purpose 
It is the purpose of this section to
(1) provide for the development of information describing the health professions workforce and the analysis of workforce related issues; and
(2) provide necessary information for decision-making regarding future directions in health professions and nursing programs in response to societal and professional needs.
(b) Grants or contracts 
The Secretary may award grants or contracts to State or local governments, health professions schools, schools of nursing, academic health centers, community-based health facilities, and other appropriate public or private nonprofit entities to provide for

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(1) targeted information collection and analysis activities related to the purposes described in subsection (a) of this section;
(2) research on high priority workforce questions;
(3) the development of a non-Federal analytic and research infrastructure related to the purposes described in subsection (a) of this section; and
(4) the conduct of program evaluation and assessment.
(c) Authorization of appropriations 

(1) In general 
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, $750,000 for fiscal year 1998, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 1999 through 2002.
(2) Reservation 
Of the amounts appropriated under subsection (a) of this section for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall reserve not less than $600,000 for conducting health professions research and for carrying out data collection and analysis in accordance with section 295k of this title.
(3) Availability of additional funds 
Amounts otherwise appropriated for programs or activities under this subchapter may be used for activities under subsection (b) of this section with respect to the programs or activities from which such amounts were made available.