Getting enough primary care providers into rural and underserved areas is a challenge everywhere… and AZ is no exception. Each state needs to have coordinated and creative strategies to increase access to care through recruitment and retention of those health care professionals.
In Arizona, one of the strategies to facilitate recruitment and retention is by providing loan repayment incentives to primary care providers who commit to serve in the underserved areas of the State for a specific period of time. Through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse-midwives, dentists, dental hygienists, and mental health professionals serve in community-based systems of care within federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) in return for scholarship or loan repayment assistance.
Arizona also implements the Arizona Loan Repayment Program, which like the NHSC Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP) provides loan repayment incentives to primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse-midwives and dentists in exchange for their service commitment in an underserved area located in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or Arizona Medically Underserved Areas (AzMUA).
To emphasize the importance of the primary care workforce and to celebrate Corps Community Day on October 9, 2014, the NHSC, ADHS’ Arizona Primary Care Office and community partners including the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers and the University of Arizona Center for Rural Health will celebrate, ”Partnering to Support Primary Care Career Choices” with the following events:
Please click the link to each event below (for more information or to register):
- October 8, 2014: Time 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. NHSC Virtual Job Fair in Celebration of Corps Community Day
- October 9, 2014: Time 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ADHS Workforce Programs Webinar for Providers, Students, and Service Sites
- October 9, 2014: Time 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Corps Community Day Facebook Chat
- October 24, 2014: Time 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Arizona Nurses Association Symposium: Care Coordination Across the Continuum
Michael Abbott is a Program Projects Specialist for the Workforce Section in the ADHS Bureau of Health Systems Development. He can be reached at (602) 542-2904.