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 

    The 2015 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (Students to Service) application cycle is now open!  

    Eligibility is open to medical students (allopathic or osteopathic) in their final year of school who are planning to pursue a career in primary care, and are committed to working in underserved communities with limited access to care.

    Students to Service award recipients receive up to $120,000 tax free for three years of full-time service or six years of part-time service. Upon completion of residency, S2S recipients serve as primary care providers in an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) of greatest need. The 2015 Students to Service application cycle closes on November 13, 2014, at 7:30 pm, ET.

    The Students to Service debt analysis infographic has been recently created to help explain the benefits of this program. It shows how with the Students to Service award, 2015 graduating medical students can greatly reduce their medical school debt by more than 50 percent.

    The Program is expected to be competitive. Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early. On average, it takes approximately three weeks to complete an application.  It is suggested that applicants start gathering information now on their loan and supplemental documentation (e.g., letters of recommendation and official school transcript). Additional instructions can be found in the 2015 NHSC Students to Service Application and Program Guidance

Also, please join us on Wednesday, October 1 from 8:00 pm - 10 pm, ET for the Students to Service technical assistance call on the 2015 application process. The log-in information is (Dial-In Number: 1-888-455-9760 and Participant Passcode: 9301439)
If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393, from Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., ET (except federal holidays).  

  • S2S image - Compares monthly payment without and without S2S.

    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 availability of primary care services for underserved residents in the State of Mississippi.

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