Policy & Advocacy
Strengthen the National Health Service Corps!
Since its inception in 1972, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has worked to build healthy communities by placing health care providers in underserved areas of every state and territory of the United States. The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is leading the effort to expand funding for this vital program. Our policy request is outlined below, but we need your help! Join ACU today to ensure the future of this important program.
About the Campaign
Since its inception, the NHSC has played a critical role in maintaining access to primary care in our nation’s most underserved communities. The NHSC was created to address access gaps in the United States’ healthcare system that leave many medically stranded, unable to access the care they need. The NHSC offers scholarships and loan repayments for providers who serve in federally designated shortage areas, including urban, rural, frontier, and low-income communities. As of 2020, there were almost 82 million people living in primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs), almost 60 million people living in dental care shortage areas, and more than 119 million people living in mental healthcare shortage areas. The National Health Service Corps aims to address these very issues.
Today, over 17 million people rely on more than 16,000 NHSC clinicians for their primary care services.