Workforce partnerships are central to helping NACHC identify and train primary care health care providers. NACHC collaborates with several programs to accomplish this goal.
Hometown Scholars, A.T. Still University (ATSU)
NACHC has partnered with A.T. Still University (ATSU) to identify and train high-quality healers who are committed to serving in America’s Health Centers. This partnership includes the Hometown Scholars program to recruit physician, dentist, and physician assistant applicants from populations served by health centers.
NACHC Partnership Activities
Health center leaders are encouraged to nominate deserving candidates who will then be fast-tracked in the admission process. A Hometown Scholars endorsement lets ATSU know which applicants health centers believe could become the compassionate, community minded healers they would be proud to employ. Endorsed applicants will be considered for:
- Medical school (School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, SOMA)
- Dental school (Arizona School of Dental and Oral Health, ASDOH) and Missouri School of Dental and Oral Health, MOSDOH)
- Physician’s Assistant program (Arizona School of Health Sciences, ASHS), where students receive coursework specifically geared toward community-oriented care excellence.
Visit ATSU’s Hometown Scholars site to find out more about the qualifications of a Hometown Scholar and to submit your nomination.
Urban Service Track, University of Connecticut
The Urban Service Track program addresses the shortage of primary care health care providers in urban and underserved communities. Students from six disciplines spend two years training through service learning and clinical experiences at health centers and other primary care facilities in Connecticut’s urban underserved communities.
A key component of UST’s leadership and advocacy training is attendance at NACHC’s annual Policy & Issues (P&I) Forum. Since 2007, UST has supported more than 100 students to attend the P&I. Students are selected through a competitive application process. Once selected these Urban Health Scholars participate in an advocacy information session which includes a “Community Health Center 101” introduction and in-person meeting with members of Connecticut’s Community Health Center delegation. As part of the P&I, Urban Health Scholars participate in plenary and workshop sessions, as well as the Young Health Professional and LGBT receptions.
GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program
NACHC supports the GE Foundation-National Medical Fellowships Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) which seeks to build the pipeline of primary care professionals from diverse backgrounds.
The competitive process attracts qualified students with a demonstrated commitment to serving underserved populations. In the six week summer program, scholars complete 200 service hours at a health center. They participate in clinical rotations and care delivery, receive leadership training, and develop and execute service-learning projects.
Since 2012, PCLP has awarded over 300 scholarships, placing underrepresented medical and graduate level nursing and physician assistant students at partner health centers in 17 cities across the country. The program builds capacity at health centers by building the primary care provider pipeline, contributing to enhanced patient care, and implementing site-directed service learning projects. To date, upon graduation from their academic programs, 83% of PCLP Scholars have entered primary care residency or professional practice.
PCLP Site Partners cited numerous benefits to hosting PCLP Scholars, including:
- Additional resources for developing new initiatives and expanding the clinic’s reach
- Fresh perspectives on ways to improve community health outcomes
- Support for achieving Patient Centered Medical Home recognition
- Rejuvenation of leadership’s commitment to investing in future medical practitioners