NACHC works to secure public policies that contribute to a robust, culturally competent, primary care workforce that is ready and willing to fill current staffing needs at health centers, as well as serve that role into the future. Part of this agenda is advocating for two essential programs, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program. These HRSA administered programs supply health centers with dedicated and hardworking health care workers to not only address the primary care shortage but also help in increasing access to health care services for medically underserved communities.
The National Health Service Corps mission is to build healthy communities by supporting health care providers dedicated to working in areas with limited provider access through loan repayment and scholarships. The NHSC collaborates with community health centers to provide financial, professional and education resources to medical, dental, mental, and behavioral health care providers.
The Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, first authorized under health reform, is an initiative designed to increase the number of primary care medical and dental residents trained in community-based settings. Medical residents are able to provide care in various health center settings including FQHCs, FQHC Look-Alikes, Community Mental Health Centers, and rural health clinics. THCGME pays for the training resident’s medical education expenses or for the expansion of health centers residency programs.
- NACHC Letter of Support to Senators Thune and Casey on FTCA Coverage for Volunteers at Community Health Centers, October 2015
- NACHC Blog Post: Bipartisan Legislation Would Strengthen Health Center Workforce, Expand FTCA Coverage to Volunteers, October 2015
NACHC Fact Sheets
- Staffing the Safety Net: Building the Primary Care Workforce at America’s Health Centers, NACHC Report March 2016
- America’s Health Centers, March 2016
- Community Health Centers: A Unique Approach to Primary Care, August 2012
- Health Centers Provide Better or Equal Care Compared to Other Primary Care Providers, December 2012
- Expanding Access to Primary Care: the Role of NPs, Pas, and CNMs in the Health Center Workforce, September 2013
- State Level Data & Maps: Refer to “#5 Primary Care Shortage State Maps” for every state to see the unmet need for primary care