HHS announces a record number of healthcare workforce awards in rural and underserved communities

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The Biden Administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded a historically high number of health workforce loan repayment and scholarship programs due to a new $1.5 billion investment, including $1 billion in supplemental American Rescue Plan funding and other mandatory and annual appropriations, HHS said this week.

More than 22,700 primary care clinicians now serve in underserved tribal, rural and urban communities, including nearly 20,000 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) members, more than 2,500 Nurse Corps nurses and about 250 awardees under a new program, the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program.

HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration oversees these programs.

According to the department, thousands of NHSC and Nurse Corps healthcare providers have served in community health centers and hospitals across the country during the pandemic, caring for COVID-19 patients, supporting the mental health of their communities, and

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