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Why Work In A Community Health Center?

Community Health Centers (CHCs) are a unique, growing area of the health care industry. CHCs provide high quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Approximately one in 15 people in the U.S. relies on a provide high quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Approximately one in 15 people in the U.S. relies on a HRSA-funded health center for medical care.” HRSA-funded health center for medical care. Spread across 50 states and all U.S. territories, these CHCs provide high quality, low cost primary care to 27 million Americans with limited financial resources.

In North Carolina , there are over 560,000 patients being served and that number is expected to continue growing. Benefits of working in a community health center include:

Community Health Centers are also eligible for programs that assist in the placement of providers:

National Health Service Corps – All CHCs are eligible to recruit primary care providers and other clinicians for scholarship and loan repayment opportunities while working in underserved communities.

NC Medical Society Foundation – CHCs are also eligible to receive placements of medical providers through the Community Practitioner Program.

North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care (NC-ORHCC) – NC-ORHCC provides recruitment services for medical, dental and psychiatric staff through 3 programs: National Health Service Corps, State Loan Repayment, and High Needs Service Bonus.

Career Advancement Resources

AspiringDocs.org
This organization offers the tools, information, and support to explore whether a career in medicine is right for you and to help you prepare an application to medical school.

NC Area Health Education Center (NCAHEC)
NCAHEC works to meet the state’s health and health workforce needs by providing educational programs in partnership with academic institutions, health care agencies, and other organizations committed to improving the health of the people of North Carolina.

Western Governors University (WGU)
WGU is a non-profit, online university created by 19 U.S. governors to make quality higher education accessible for working adults. The National Association of Community Health Centers has partnered with WGU to create the “Growing from Within” initiative to provide high quality degrees to CHC employees and meet the ongoing education and administrative leadership needs for CHC’s future workforce development.

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