The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a federally funded program that is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is housed in the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Professions. The NHSC is composed of a unique group of clinicians providing primary health care to adults and children in the communities of greatest need across the Nation, bringing quality primary health care professionals to communities in need, as well as supporting their efforts to build a better system of care.
NHSC clinicians practice in a broad range of community-based systems of care operating in rural and urban federally designated health professional shortage areas (HPSA). NHSC clinicians serve in communities in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Pacific Basin, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
An eligible application must be complete, postmarked by the current deadline, and from a clinician who meets all eligibility criteria outlined in the NHSC LRP Application Bulletin. An applicant must have accepted employment or be in the final stages of negotiating an employment contract with an eligible NHSC LRP community site to be eligible for funding.
The scoring guidelines for HPSAs are included in 42 CFR, Chapter 1, Part 5. HRSA’s Shortage Designation Branch assigns this score when the HPSA designation is approved. See the Health Professional Shortage Area’s section for other HPSA questions.
n eligible NHSC LRP community site is a public, nonprofit or private health facility that provides a continuum of services, including comprehensive primary health care and appropriate referrals or arrangements for specialty and inpatient care to individuals in a health professional shortage area (HPSA) regardless of the patient’s ability to pay for the services. To be considered, the site must submit an NHSC Recruitment and Retention Assistance Application to the LA Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health who will in turn submit the application to the NHSC for approval.
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