Even before the expiration of the Community Health Centers Fund, workforce shortages posed a challenge for health centers. A 2016 NACHC survey found that almost all health centers were experiencing at least one clinical vacancy and more than two-thirds were recruiting for at least one family physician.
To combat this problem, NACHC is working with several colleges and universities to expand online education and training opportunities for health center staff. Through these partnerships, staff at NACHC member health centers are now eligible for tuition discounts of up to 25% for a combined 60 online associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree and certificate programs along with other education benefits.
NACHC is currently partnering with the following colleges/universities:
- A.T. Still University (Kirksville, MO/Mesa, AZ)
- Colorado State University-Global Campus (Greenwood Village, CO)
- New England College (Henniker, NH)
- New England College of Business (Boston, MA)
- Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT)
These educational partnerships strengthen programs and allow staff to boost their skillset in the broader effort to deliver value-based care. New partnerships with Colorado State University-Global Campus, New England College, New England College of Business and Western Governors University build on the pioneering academic partnership with A.T. Still University, a long-time NACHC ally and supporter of health centers on educational endeavors like the Hometown Scholars Program.
By joining forces with these partners, NACHC is working to ensure that health center staff and leadership have the education they need to stay competitive in the constantly evolving health care industry as well as limit workforce shortages. NACHC selected these partners because of their proven records of academic excellence, affordability, and the relevance of their certificate and degree programs to the needs of health center professionals. To learn more about the benefits provided through these partnerships, visit http://bit.ly/wkfcED1.
If you are not currently a member of NACHC and are interested in learning more about member benefits, including these partnerships, visit nachc.org/member-center/membership-types-benefits/.