The Changing Community Health Center Workforce: 2007-2013

Community health centers (CHCs) represent an important and unique component of America’s health care system. Because of their mission of comprehensive and community-oriented primary care, CHCs typically provide a broader array of services than most other American medical practice settings. This report describes the changes in the workforce of community health centers from 2007 to…

Effect of the National Health Service Corps on Clinician Staffing and Patient Visits in Federally Qualified Health Centers

Federal programs such as the National Health Survey Corps (NHSC) are important for ensuring an adequate supply of primary care professionals in underserved areas. However, we know little about how much NHSC clinicians expand patient capacity at the organizations in which they serve. This article describes a study that examined longitudinal administrative data at more…

The Role of the National Health Service Corps Clinicians in Enhancing Staffing and Patient Care Capacity in Community Health Centers

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a federal program aimed at increasing the number of health professionals in underserved communities. The program’s ability to influence the capacity of community health centers (CHCs) has not yet been investigated. This study examines the role of NHSC clinicians in improving staffing and patient care capacity in primary,…

Enhancing Staffing In Rural Community Health Centers Can Help Improve Behavioral Health Care

Community health centers are a vital part of the primary and behavioral health care systems in rural areas. This article compares the staffing and services at these centers in both rural and urban communities. Findings show that behavioral health staff currently participating in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) contributed more to visits for depression…

Dental Education and Factors Associated with Medicaid Pediatric Dental Education

Children enrolled in Medicaid have more difficulty obtaining access to care than those children who are privately insured. The factors that influence dentists’ willingness to accept Medicaid patients are not well understood. This article describes a study that analyzed 2016 American Dental Association data on dentist practice characteristics, location, and educational background to examine what…

The Impact of National Health Service Corps and Non-Corps Clinician Staffing on Financial Costs in Community Health Centers

Federal programs such as the National Health Survey Corps (NHSC) are important for providing staffing to community health centers (CHCs). However, the financial impact of NHSC staff on CHCs remains unclear. This article describes a study that analyzed 2013-2017 data from the Uniform Data System and the NHSC administrative database to compare the financial impact…

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