The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program help health centers to attract and retain the most talented workforce possible to meet the needs of vulnerable patients and populations. These health workforce programs also provide significant resources such as scholarships, loan repayments, and clinician residency training to ensure that a skilled workforce will be available for health center patients in the future. About half of the NHSC clinicians serve in health centers and nearly half of the 5,000 NHSC-approved sites are community health centers.
Mandatory funding for both these programs ended on September 30, 2017 removing $370,000,000 annually in workforce investments in health centers. What has been the impact of these programs going over the cliff? This session will highlight how health centers and their partners have worked to mitigate these impacts and the lessons learned in the process.