Workforce Development

MPHCA provides assistance to support member CHCs with recruiting and retaining qualified health professionals to ensure access to care for the medically underserved and uninsured in Mississippi.  Our CHCs are seeking dedicated primary care clinicians to provide quality health care to those in need across the state.   


Recruitment & Retention
Recruitment and retention is very important for Community Health Centers.  The following lins can be used to enhance recruitment and retention efforts, and also in training CHC staff to be more prepared and involved in this process:

  • National Health Service Corps:  The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) help recruit and retain qualified health care clinicians who care about underserved people and choose to work where they are needed most.  Federally qualified health centers are NHSC-approved sites where dentists, dental hygienists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, physician assistants, and mental health professionals who are eligible for loan repayment funding or have received scholarships can fulfill their service obligation. 

    NHSC Site Reference Guide
    The new NHSC Site Reference Guide, is now available on the NHSC website at The purpose of this resource is to provide clarity on site eligibility requirements, qualification factors, compliance, roles and responsibilities, and other information related to becoming or continuing as an NHSC approved site.

  • The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) Loan Repayment program is now accepting applications through March 20th, 2014.  This program offers primary care providers an opportunity to have their loan's repaid at up to $50,000 for an initial 2 year commitment, in exchange for providing care in an underserved environment. General eligibility requirements as listed on the NHSC website are:

    * Have unpaid student loans
    * A U.S. citizen or U.S. national
    * Must work in an NHSC approved site
    * Licensed in any of the following specialties
    o Medicine (MD/DO)
    o Physician Assistant (primary care)
    o Nursing (Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Psychiatric Nurse Specialist)
    o Dentistry (DDS, DMD); Dental Hygienist
    o Mental and Behavioral Health (Health Services Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist)
    Please visit the  to review eligibility requirements and application information.

    HPSA scores for NHSC
    As of January 1, 2013, HPSA scores for NHSC-approved sites have been locked. These scores apply to 2013 program cycles including new awards and continuations for Loan Repayors as well as applications and approvals for sites. The NHSC will use the HPSA score, associated with your site, as listed on the NHSC Jobs Center. Please refer to the NHSC Jobs Center if you are unsure about the HPSA score the NHSC will use for your site.

    Submission and Processing for Continuation Contract Applications have changed for 2013
    The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) approach to submitting and processing Continuation Contract applications has changed for 2013. Participants must now submit applications during the defined application cycles. The continuation application cycles are based on each participant’s current contract end-date. The cycles are as follows:

    If your NHSC LRP service commitment          
    will be complete between...

     Apply for your NHSC LRP
    Continuation Contract between...    

    December 31, 2012 and May 30, 2013


    January 2, 2013 and February 5, 2013


    May 31, 2013 and September 29, 2013


    April 30, 2013 and May 28, 2013

    You can apply each year and pay off all of your qualifying educational debt in return for additional years of services.

    Important Note: Requests for transfers, reassignments, suspensions, and service-type conversions take time to review and process. If upon the review of a participants application it is discovered a change in their service location or service-type is required, the participant may not qualify for a 2013 Continuation Contract and will have to compete for a new contract during the 2013 Loan Repayment Program open application cycle.

    Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program: In 2007 the Mississippi Legislature created the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program, creating a unique longitudinal program that identifies rural college students who aspire to return to their roots to practice medicine. Academic enrichment, faculty and physician mentoring plus solid medical school financial support through the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program enables capable young Mississippians to address the challenge of Mississippi's healthcare crisis.
  • Office of Rural Health and Primary Care:The Primary Care Office is located in the office of Rural Health and Primary Care at the Mississippi State Department of Health.  The Primary Care Office ensures that efforts are undertaken to address the availablity of primary care services for underserved residents in the State of Mississippi.

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