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 save this vital program from elimination. 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
For the past 45 years, 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. In 2016, there were almost 66 million people living in primary care shortage areas, more than 51 million people living in dental shortages, and more than 106 million people living in mental health 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.