Building the health workforce is a top priority for HRSA and the foundation of improved health care access for underserved communities.
Through a mix of scholarship, loan and loan repayment programs plus grants that support health professions training programs, HRSA develops a workforce that is prepared and motivated to care for underserved people.
National Health Service Corps helps underserved communities recruit and retain primary care medical, dental and mental health clinicians. Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities are automatically approved NHSC service sites.
Nursing Scholarship Program pays tuition, fees and a living stipend in exchange for service at an eligible site, including Indian Health Service health centers and hospitals. Preference is given to students with financial need.
Loans for disadvantaged students and other loans programs provide funds to eligible health professions training programs, which then make loans to students with financial need.
Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program helps registered nurses repay student loans in exchange for service at eligible non-profit facilities, including Indian Health Service health centers and hospitals.
Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program for Nurse Faculty helps nurse faculty repay student loans in exchange for service at public or private non-profit accredited schools of nursing.
Faculty Loan Repayment Program for health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds provides as much as $40,000 for 2 years of service as faculty at eligible accredited training programs.
Minority Faculty Fellowship grants increase the number of underrepresented minority faculty at health professions schools. The grants enable eligible schools to provide a stipend and a training allowance to help underrepresented minority students gain the skills necessary for faculty positions and provide health services to rural or medically underserved populations.
Area Health Education Centers are partnerships between communities and academic institutions that train health professionals. AHECs reach out to young people in underserved communities and help them develop the skills needed to become health professionals, provide clinician training experiences in underserved communities, and provide continuing education to clinicians already working in those communities.
Centers of Excellence are health professions schools that establish or expand programs for underrepresented minority students and faculty. They focus on improving academic performance, developing minority health curricula and clinical education, and conducting research on minority health issues.