Celebrating Corps Community Day
By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Today we have good news from the National Health Service Corps. Thanks to the investments we made in the Affordable Care Act and the Recovery Act, the numbers of doctors, nurses, and health care professionals in this program has nearly tripled in the last three years. And for the first time in its nearly 40 year history, the National Health Service Corps can count more than 10,000 members in its ranks.
Across the country, these health care providers are bringing their talents to communities that need these services the most. The Corps provides financial support for doctors, nurses and health care providers as well as students training for a career in primary care. This financial support allows clinicians who are passionate about serving in our communities the ability to pursue jobs in primary care disciplines without the burden of overwhelming debt. And, while Corps members commit to working for at least two years in high need areas, more than 80 percent stay beyond their initial commitment, helping ensure more Americans get the care they need.
Making sure more Americans have access to quality health care is critical. Too many aren’t able to see a doctor or have to travel long distances to see a health care provider. Each of our NHSC members is helping to bridge that gap by providing primary care at one of the more than 17,000 NHSC-approved sites in urban and rural areas.
The doctors, nurses, and health care professionals in the Corps are caring for more than 10 million people nationwide. Today we are celebrating Corps Community Day to honor their important work. From free health screenings in Philadelphia to a career fair in Atlanta we are highlighting the critical importance of wellbeing in every community and showcasing our commitment to building a strong workforce to deliver it.
Visit www.nhsc.hrsa.gov/corpscommunityday to learn more about what’s happening in your area.