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NHSC Site Benefits

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)-approved sites provide outpatient, primary healthcare services to people in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

We help eligible NHSC-approved sites in two critical ways:

  • Recruit and Retain Clinicians
  • Technical Assistance

How to Recruit and Retain Clinicians

Recruit New/Additional Clinicians

  • Inform potential clinicians that they may be eligible to apply for loan repayment given your NHSC-approved status.
    • We give priority consideration to those working at NHSC-approved sites with a HPSA score of 14 and above.
    • Up to $50,000 in loan repayment is possible for an initial service commitment.
  • Hire an NHSC Scholar and/or an NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) participant, if eligible.
    • Each year, we calculate data, which helps us determine the minimum HPSA score a site must meet to recruit and hire NHSC scholars and NHSC S2S LRP participants.
  • Create a site profile and post job openings on the BHW Customer Service Portal, which directly feeds into the Health Workforce Connector.
    • Clinicians can search and review NHSC-qualifying job openings across the nation.
    • Create and maintain a site profile showcasing your site to NHSC participants.
    • NHSC applicants, participants, and partners also use the site.
  • Participate in Virtual Job Fairs - online versions of traditional job fairs, connecting you directly with qualified job seekers.

Retain Current Clinicians

  • Clinicians who already work at NHSC-approved sites may be eligible to apply to the NHSC Loan Repayment Program (LRP).
  • NHSC participants are also eligible to apply for a continuation contract.
    • It provides additional financial support in return for extended service, and supports the retention of NHSC participants at NHSC-approved sites.

Take Advantage of Technical Assistance

Get direct access to, and assistance from, the Division of Regional Operations (DRO) and state Primary Care Offices (PCOs).

Division of Regional Operations (DRO)

  • Assists with site applications
  • Conducts NHSC site visits
  • Provides program-specific assistance
  • Supports your site in recruiting and retaining clinicians
  • Helps you navigate the BHW Customer Service Portal

State Primary Care Offices (PCOs)

  • Assesses needs and shares data with the public
  • Provides technical assistance to organizations and communities looking to expand access to primary care for underserved populations
  • Conducts workforce development activities for the NHSC, and the safety net and health center network
  • Collaborates with stakeholders to address primary care needs
  • Coordinates designation process for Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas and Populations (MUA/P) within states


Contact Us

Call 1-800-221-9393
(TTY: 1-877-897-9910)
M - F, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm ET
(except federal holidays)

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