News & Information
Corps Community Month
During the month of October, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is celebrating its annual Corps Community Month. Now in its fifth year, Corps Community Month increases awareness of primary care careers and highlights NHSC’s role in bringing primary health care providers and services to communities that need them the most. To celebrate this year’s theme — “Training. Access. Delivery. Health.” — NHSC sites, scholars, providers, Ambassadors and alumni; national and state partners; and health professions schools are encouraged to host or support events throughout the month. For more information, or to find an event near you, visit the Corps Community Month website.
S2S application cycle now open
Are you an MD/DO medical student in your final year of school? Have you heard about the NHSC’s Students to Service (S2S) program and want to know what it’s like to work in an underserved community? Applications for the Students to Service program are being accepted through Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. (ET). Learn more about the Students to Service program, and for a quick glance at what S2S offers, take a look at this infographic.
Application and Grants Bulletins
The Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) recently released its 2016 Application Bulletin and 2016 Grants Bulletin, which provide a snapshot of the bureau’s funding opportunities in 2016 by program, eligibility and discipline. The bulletins also include estimated open/release dates for each opportunity.
NCHWA releases 2014-15 AHRF
The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) has released the 2014-2015 version of the Area Health Resources File (AHRF). AHRF is a no-cost, comprehensive source of healthcare workforce data that includes national, state, and county-specific health and health-related resources data. Data categories covered in AHRF include health care professions, health care facilities, hospitals and population health. For more information, visit the AHRF website.
BHW Advisory Council Operations
Below are the upcoming meeting dates for advisory councils BHW supports. You can find information about each council on the BHW Advisory Committee website:
CDC releases 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines, which include several key changes for health care professionals working with patients suspected of, or diagnosed with, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The CDC also offers the 2015 STD Treatment (Tx) Guide app which includes information from the STD Treatment Guidelines, as well as Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) updates.
Did You Know?
Since its establishment in May 2014, BHW has improved the health of underserved and vulnerable populations by strengthening the health workforce and connecting skilled professionals to communities in need.
- In Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, BHW awarded over $1.02 billion to more than 8,500 organizations and individuals through the administration of more than 40 programs.
- Nearly half (47 percent) of FY 2014 funding supported medicine, and more than a quarter (26 percent) supported nursing.
- Nearly one‐fifth of all funding supported either mental and behavioral health (10 percent) or oral health (7 percent) disciplines.
We Want to Hear From You
Do you have a story suggestion or a way that we can improve Workforce Connections? We would love to hear from you! Send your feedback to WorkforceConnections@hrsa.gov.
HRSA offers subscriptions to publications covering a variety of topics, including health workforce, loans and scholarships, grants management, and much more. Visit the webpage to subscribe!
Please note: Dates and times are subject to change. All times are Eastern Time (ET) zone.
Oct. 6 — Job seeker registration opens for the Oct. 20 Corps Community Month Virtual Job Fair.
Oct. 6, 8-9 p.m. — Corps Community Month NHSC Facebook Chat: “Finding a Primary Care Job at an NHSC site.”
Oct. 20, 6:45 to 10 p.m. — Virtual Job Fair, Celebrating Corps Community Month: “Training. Access. Delivery. Health.” Learn about job vacancies available at NHSC-approved sites, and talk with site representatives about the job and benefits package, clinical environment, populations served, and local community. A typical NHSC Virtual Job Fair has representatives from 30 to 40 sites, with as many as 190 job openings in primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health disciplines.
Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. — Deadline to submit applications for the Students to Service program.
Oct. 29, 8 to 9 p.m. — Corps Community Month NHSC Facebook Chat: “Mental and Behavioral Health: Training. Access. Delivery. Health.”
Nov. 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — HRSA/CDC Preventive Medicine and Public Health webinar — National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare: Cultivating an Integrative Interprofessional Approach to Primary Care. The call-in number for audio is 1-888-469-2091. Use passcode 6130745.
Nov. 16 — Application closing date for Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) funding opportunity.
Nov. 18, 4 to 5 p.m. — NHSC Ambassador 101 call.
Nov. 20 – Application closing date for Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) funding opportunity.
Nov. 30 — Application closing date for Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) funding opportunity.
Dec. 1 — Application closing date for National Research Service Awards (NRSA) funding opportunity.
Dec. 10, noon to 1 p.m. — NHSC Ambassador 101 call.
In the Spotlight
NHSC Loan Repayment Program
Downtown Health Plaza
In this Spotlight video, meet Lucy Lopez, a physician assistant at the Downtown Health Plaza Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic in Winston-Salem, N.C., and an NHSC Loan Repayment recipient. Lucy explains how she feels about the important work she is doing, and how NHSC helped improve her life, both professionally and personally.
Presbyterian Medical Services
In this Spotlight video, see how Presbyterian Medical Services health care sites in New Mexico recruit and retain highly qualified providers with a calling to serve the underserved, thanks in part to the National Health Service Corps. Dedicated clinicians with “heart” make a real difference in Cuba, N.M., and other towns served by Presbyterian Medical Services.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
One in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. The good news is many women can survive breast cancer if it is detected and treated early. Help us spread the word about the importance of mammograms (the screening test for breast cancer), and encourage your community to get involved. A great place to start looking for information, tips, and ideas is the October 2015 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Toolkit.
November is American Diabetes Month
November is American Diabetes Month, and if you’re looking for helpful information, we’ve got you covered. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. People who are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes can lower that risk by more than half just by making simple lifestyle changes, including eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. For more information, visit the American Diabetes Association’s website, Diabetes.org.