National Health Service Corps


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National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

a program of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in which health care personnel are placed in areas that are underserved. The Corps was established by the Emergency Health Personnel Act of 1970. Nurses, physicians, and dentists serve in rural and urban areas, usually as employees of local health care agencies. The USPHS pays most of the salary of each corps member.

National Health Service Corps

A US government-sponsored body which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, division of Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, which provides scholarships and loan repayment (up to $50,000 every 2 years) for service in areas needing primary care physicians.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC),

n.pr a program of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in which health care personnel are placed in areas that are underserved. Medical and dental professionals serve in rural and urban areas of need, usually as employees of local health care agencies. The USPHS pays most of the salary of each corps member.
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And about 85 percent of National Health Service Corps clinicians continue to work in underserved communities for up to two years after they have completed their service commitment.
The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) loan repayment and scholarship programs awards are made by United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Services.
The National Health Service Corps provides financial, professional and educational resources to medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health care providers who bring their skills to areas of the United States with limited access to health care.
By the end of FY2011 more than 10,800 clinicians will be caring for more than 11 million people, more than tripling the National Health Service Corps since 2008.
With medical school paid for by the National Health Service Corps, Benjamin began a solo practice in Bayou La Batre.
The relief provided by these programs ranges from a modest debt forgiveness of $4,725 for a year of service in AmeriCorps or VISTA to a very generous loan repayment of up to $35,000 a year for service in the National Health Service Corps.
However, Congress has created two exceptions to this rule: loan forgiveness for public service and payments under the National Health Service Corps loan repayment program.
WNA member Kristin Baird, RN, MHA (Waukesha District #16) has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps in Washington, DC.
At the end of fiscal year 2005, the estimated number of physicians practicing in underserved areas through J-1 visa waivers exceeded the number practicing there through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC)--HHS's primary mechanism for addressing physician shortages.
Survey respondents suggested three potential interventions to address these perceived barriers: better capacity to provide annual salary increases, more National Health Service Corps loan repayment incentives, and greater visibility of CHCs as desirable practice opportunities during training.
Recognizing the need for increased funding to achieve the goals it has set forth, the commission makes a number of recommendations, such as substantially increasing funding to support diversity programs with the National Health Service Corps, and Titles VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act.
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC), for example, could recruit skilled nurses and nursing assistants in areas with staffing shortages to help ease that situation today.

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