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HHS announces record number of National Health Service Corps members

On October 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the number of participants in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has nearly tripled to more than 10,000 National Corps members nationwide.

Established in 1972, the National Health Service Corps, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has provided health care to communities across the country through the service of more than 41,000 primary health care practitioners over its nearly 40-year history.  The NHSC provides financial, professional and educational resources to medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health care providers who bring their skills to areas of the United States with limited access to health care.

These competitive awards were made through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program and the NHSC Scholarship. To read the entire press release, go to: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/10/20111013a.html

Social workers are eligible for the National Health Service Corps.  To read about information on NASW loan forgiveness page, go to: http://www.socialworkers.org/loanforgiveness/nhsc.asp

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