NACHC’s Dr. Don Weaver with ATSU Hometown Scholars – all community healers and heroes
We have a shortage
In May 2022, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released an advisory that put the healthcare workforce shortage in dire terms:
While this is true, it is also true that many talented individuals everywhere, could become fantastic physicians, dentists, physician assistants, and other needed healthcare professionals with proper training and support. NACHC’s goal is to break down barriers that prevent people from pursuing their dreams and fulfilling their potential to be inspiring community-minded healers.
And the beginning of a new year is an ideal time to help recruit people to join the ranks of Community Health Center providers through the Hometown Scholar program. Read on for details!
We have a solution
For over 20 years NACHC has worked with Community Health Center leaders to formally identify individuals from their community committed to serving as a medical or dental professional at a health center. These efforts are centered within NACHC’s powerful partnership with A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU).
ATSU’s Hometown Scholar program is renowned for identifying future health professionals focused on whole-person health care and community health in underserved communities. Their main university campuses are in Kirksville, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; and Santa Maria, California, though they offer programs online and with hands-on medical, dental, and physician assistant programs in over 45 health centers around the country.
Do you know a potential Hometown Scholar?
If you can think of someone in your community who assists as a volunteer, provides community service, or participates in a health-center program with the mindset to become a Hometown Scholar, tell them about the ATSU program.
When a board member, administrator, or clinical leader from a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), a Primary Care Association (PCA), or Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) writes a letter of endorsement for an applicant interested in becoming a medical or dental professional through ATSU’s Hometown Scholar program, that endorsement is worth its weight in gold.
Your endorsement matters
An endorsement from someone connected to a FQHC, PCA, or HCCN lets ATSU know the applicant has the heart to become a compassionate, community-minded healer and it helps distinguish an applicant that meets the other admissions requirements for an interview.
You can send your letter of endorsement to Nelida Acosta: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why the NACHC/ATSU Hometown Scholar program is so valuable
Both Dr. Williams and Burrell were recipients of ATSU’s Graduate Health Professions Scholarship (GPS), which was developed for historically underrepresented students whose life contributions and experiences are consistent with ATSU’s mission to serve in underserved areas. Do you have a mentee you would endorse?