PUBLIC HEALTH, ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions (BHPR) and Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Services (BCRS) announce the availability of approximately $6 million for fiscal years 2009-2011 for approximately 53 State Primary Care Offices. The purpose of this funding initiative is to assist State Primary Care Offices (PCO) in the coordination of activities within their state/U.S. Territory as it relates to the delivery of primary care services and the recruitment and retention of critical health care providers. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds dedicated to strengthening the primary care workforce administered through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) represent a significant increase in support activities by the State Primary Care Offices in order to meet the demand to recruit new clinicians into the program and facilitate matching them to eligible sites. As part of on-going NHSC Site Recruitment and Retention (R&R) application process, State Primary Care Offices currently review all site applications for NHSC R&R assistance. The doubling of the NHSC field strength as the result of ARRA funding will result in a concurrent doubling of workload for State Primary Care Offices to meet this increased demand for new and renewal of previously approved sites.