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The National Health Service Corps is a program for the recruitment of primary care
providers in HPSAs. NHSC is operated through the Bureau of Health Care and Delivery Assistance, Health
Resources and Services Administration. NHSC providers consist of three types:
- Obligated Scholars - medical school or mid-level practitioner graduates who have been provided
tuition in support of return for obligated service in HPSAs;
- Loan Repayment Program Participants - NHSC provides the state with matching grants to repay
educational loans in exchange for service in HPSAs;
- Commissioned Officers - the National Health Service Corps allocates dentists and physicians
who are assigned by the corps to work in a underserved area; and
- Volunteers - Health Professionals who are interested in serving in an underserved area.
See http://nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov for more information.
Sources: Public Health Service, HHS, 42 CFR Part 5 as of January 18, 1996; Bureau of Primary Health
Care, Guidelines for MUA/MUP Designation, June 12, 1995; Richard C. Lee, Current Approaches to Shortage
Area Designation, The Journal of Rural Health, Vol. 7 (4) Supp. 1991; Beth Giesting, Outline of Federal
Designations for Areas, Populations, and Providers, (part of memo to Representative Kahikina, dated
January 23, 1996, Honolulu); National Association of Country Health Officials, National Health Service
Corps; Applying for Corps Personnel, January 17, 1992.
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