Commissioned Corps. The mission of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS; Commissioned Corps) is protecting, promoting, and advancing the health and safety of the Nation. The Commissioned Corps achieves its mission through rapid and effective response to public health needs, leadership and excellence in public health practices, and the advancement of public health science. As one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States, the Commissioned Corps is a specialized career system designed to attract, develop, and retain health professionals who may be assigned to Federal, State, or local agencies or international organizations. The Commissioned Corps will continue to offer two excellent opportunities for students through the highly competitive Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program and Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program.
Indian Health Service. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-437), as amended, authorized IHS to administer interrelated scholarship programs to meet the health professional staffing needs of IHS and other health programs serving Indian people. In addition, IHS administers a Loan Repayment Program for the purpose of recruiting and retaining highly qualified health professionals to meet staffing needs. The Indian Health Professions Program provides scholarships, loans, and summer employment in return for agreements by students to serve in health facilities serving American Indians and Alaska Natives in medically underserved areas. As a matter of law and policy, IHS gives preference to qualified American Indians in applicant selection and in career development training.
National Health Service Corps. Currently, 35 million people live in communities without adequate access to primary health care because of financial, geographic, cultural, language, and other barriers. Since its inception, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), managed by HRSA, has placed more than 27,000 primary care clinicians, including dental, mental, and behavioral health professionals, in underserved areas across the country including communities with Health Centers. In FY 2007, field strength for the NHSC is estimated to be more than 3,400 people.xiv Approximately half of NHSC clinicians are assigned to service in Health Center sites.
Nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2020 the Nation will have a shortfall of up to 1 million nurses, which includes new jobs and “replacement” jobs that are open when today’s nurses retire and leave the field.xv As the population continues to grow and age and medical services advance, the need for nurses will continue to increase. A report developed by HHS, What is Behind HRSA’s Projected Supply, Demand, and Shortage of Registered Nurses, predicted that the nursing shortage is expected to grow to more than 1 million by 2020. In 2007, HHS nursing programs will support recruitment, education, and retention of nursing students, emphasizing new loan repayments and scholarships.
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