The Department of Health and Human Services will provide more than $240 million in funds for the National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs in efforts to expand primary healthcare coverage.
HHS said Wednesday $176.4 million will go to NHSC, $62.8 million will go to NURSE Corps, $1.1 million will go to the Faculty Loan Repayment Program and $799,000 will go to the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program.
“These awards provide financial support directly to health professionals, including physicians, registered nurses and physician assistants, to help individuals… find the primary care services they need,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
“These awards not only strengthen our primary healthcare workforce but [also] increase access to primary care in urban, rural and frontier locations nationwide,” added Jim Macrae, acting administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration.
According to HHS, the programs work to lift financial barriers among health professionals, faculty and students to practice primary care and provide health services to underserved communities.