Corps Community Day
2013’s Corps Community Day theme was “Access Today. Healthy Communities Tomorrow.” NHSC Sites, providers, Ambassadors, alumni and other partners including many health professions schools got involved and hosted an event to celebrate the impact the NHSC has on communities with limited access to care.
164 events took place with an estimated attendance of over 24,000 people. Thank you for your efforts. We are already looking forward to next year.
Use the event planning resources below to get started for next year and email your questions to CorpsCommunityDay@hrsa.gov.
Are you hosting your own event? Register it now and put yourself on the map!
Event Planning Resources:
Several “Events in a Box” or one-page planning guides are available to help you get started today!
- Host a Health Insurance Marketplace Q&A Session and help your community get answers to their enrollment questions
- Host an Open House at an Approved NHSC Site and invite local students to tour your site
- Set up an Information Display Table at your site or school
- Give a School Presentation to a group of students interested in pursuing a career in primary care
- Plan a Health Screening or Wellness Event and invite your local community
- Updated NHSC 101 Slide Deck for presentations
- Corps Community Day Stickers to pass out at your event
- Corps Community Day Event Flyer Template to help promote your event
- NHSC Ambassador Directory to help you identify additional support for events being planned in your local community
- Additional Corps Community Day planning resources available here
How will you participate this year? Here are a couple ideas to get you started.
As you plan activities for Corps Community Day 2013, team up with NHSC members and partners to pool resources. Connect with your local:
Educate Local Students
Share your knowledge about the NHSC with college, nursing, medical, dental and/or behavioral health students in your area.
Host a presentation about the National Health Service Corps at a college and/or health professional school in your community. Connect with school administrators to schedule a time to present to students on Corps Community Day. During your presentation, share about your journey that led you to a career in primary care and the NHSC.
Educate health professional students about the Corps. Do you have a friend, relative or neighbor thinking of pursuing a career in primary care? Tell them about the National Health Service Corps! Consider sending them NHSC At-A-Glance Fact Sheet (PDF - 161 KB) and directing them to the NHSC Facebook page.
Host an NHSC site tour for local students interested in pursuing a health professional career in primary care. Open your doors on Corps Community Day for local students to get a glimpse into a career in primary care in a medically underserved community.
Post the Corps Community Day Web badge to your school or organization’s Web site and Facebook page to spread the word about the Corps and all the primary care focused activities happening during National Primary Care Week.
Host a Community Event
Increase awareness of the Corps in your community by coordinating one of the following activities:
Organize a family health walk around your community. Encourage walkers to wear blue and yellow in recognition of Corps Community Day, take some photos and email them to CorpsCommunityDay@hrsa.gov. Consider scheduling the walk for the morning of Corps Community Day, before everyone heads off to work or school.
Hold a health fair to provide screenings, flu vaccinations and/or educational materials.
Organize a toiletries drive at your school, office or site in honor of Corps Community Day. Promote proper hygiene by donating toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, soap, shampoo and other supplies to a local homeless shelter.
Planning an NHSC or primary care focused event or activity in your community?
Please email us at CorpsCommunityDay@hrsa.gov with as many “Who, What, Where, Why, When” details as possible, and we’ll help you promote it by posting it to the interactive map.
Check out the Celebrating healthier patients and stronger communities blog post by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Health care law increases access to primary care through National Health Service Corps national press release and Growth of the NHSC overview.
Click here for a special message from Mary K. Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration about Corps Community Day 2011.
Click here to see some of the events that took place last year in our Facebook Photo Album.