Corps Community Day
Save the Date! The fourth annual Corps Community Day will take place on Thursday, October 9, 2014. NHSC sites, providers, Ambassadors, alumni and other partners including many health professions schools will host activities and events to celebrate the impact the NHSC has on communities with limited access to care and bring awareness to the primary care workforce as a whole.
To help you get started with your Corps Community Event now, check out our on demand Corps Community Day Kickoff Webinar!
Last year, 164 events took place with an estimated attendance of over 24,000 people in every state, Washington, D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Thank you to all of those who have planned and participated in events from 2011 to 2013. Thank you, also, to those of you who have already expressed interest in 2014.
Check out our Meetup.com site for all of the Corps Community Day events and activities currently underway!
Use the event planning resources below to get started for next year and email your questions to CorpsCommunityDay@hrsa.gov.
Event Planning Resources:
2013 materials can be found below. Updated 2014 materials will be available soon.
Several “Events in a Box” or one-page planning guides are available to help you get started today!
- 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
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.