H. R. 3637, Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act of 2019.

Summary: This bill allows the Department of Health and Human Services to provide grants to accredited education programs to increase diversity in the physical-therapy, occupational-therapy, audiology, and speech-language pathology professions. Grants may be used to provide scholarships or to support recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented groups. (Cosponsors)


ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 06/18/20.

STATUS: Introduced 07/09/19 by Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1].


  • “African-Americans have, for too long, been underrepresented in the health sector.  Less than 5% of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists are African-American.  That is unacceptable.  That is not how America looks,” Rush said.  “I am pleased to work with my colleague, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, on this legislation to help minority and underrepresented communities in two very important ways.  First, this bill provides pathways to meaningful, high-paying jobs in the health sector, and second, it helps to help expand health professional coverage to communities that need it.  By working together, we can make real change for Americans across the country.” (Source: Rep. Rush, Press Release, 07/09/19)


Link to the text of the bill.

Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

Link to bill information on GovTrack.