American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Health Resources and Services Administration

The AOA strives to provide its members with relevant and timely information from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The information listed below is organized into the following areas: Key Programs (scholarship, loan, and grant programs), Topics of Note (professional credentialing and health information technology (HIT), and Additional Information (general information on advisory committees, rural health, and health workforce).                

Key Programs

National Health Service Corps 

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) helps bring health care to eligible communities that need it most through recruitment of primary care, medical, dental, behavioral and mental health clinicians.   

  • NHSC Loan Repayment Program - Primary care providers working at a NHSC approved site can qualify for loan repayment. A new option, Students to Service, provides assistance with loan repayment to medical students in their last year of school.       

  • NHSC Scholarship Program - This program awards scholarships each year to students seeking careers in primary care. Upon graduation, students serve a specified period of time providing health care to communities in need.

  • NHSC Jobs Center - Direct link to search for available jobs at NHSC sites. Searches can be customized by field of practice, specialty, etc.      

  • NHSC Ambassadors - Ambassadors are individuals who volunteer to provide information to potential NHSC members. This site provides a toolkit and tutorial for volunteers and a direct link to the Ambassador Program portal.

Grant Programs 

  • Medicine - Information on primary care training grant programs.   

  • Geriatrics - Information on geriatric training grant programs. 

Topics of Note    

  • National Practitioner Data Bank - The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) provides information on the professional credentials of health care practitioners, providers and suppliers. As required by the Affordable Care Act, the functions of the Health Care Integrity Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) will be combined with the NPDB in order to eliminate duplicative reporting requirements. The HIPDB includes reporting and disclosure of certain adverse actions taken against health practitioners, providers and suppliers. 

  • Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) - A HPSA can be a geographic area, population group or health care facility which has been designated by the federal government to have a shortage of health professionals. HPSA categories include shortages of primary care, dental and mental health professionals.     

  • Health Information Technology (HIT) - Information to assist providers in delivery of quality care, including HIT webinars and toolkits, information on meaningful use and clinical quality measures, and HIT workforce and job information.



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