CHC Advantages

Working for a Community Health Center (CHC) is a unique experience, with an abundance of advantages over careers in other types of health-care organizations.

Note: For a detailed explanation of Community Health Centers, please link to our About CHCs page.

Here are just a few of the advantages that candidates and students should consider while looking for careers in healthcare, and that CHC Human Resources staff should remember while recruiting:

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Potential Scholarship and/or Loan Repayment Funds
Professional Malpractice Costs Covered
Mission-Driven Environment
Support Network
Commitment to Clinical Quality
Growing Need for CHC Physicians

1. POTENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP AND/OR LOAN REPAYMENT FUNDS of up to $35,000 per year through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) or the State Loan Repayment Programs

Both programs require providers to be located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). All Community Health Centers are automatically located in HPSAs by the nature of being Federally Qualified Health Centers. Therefore, while no CHC can promise loan repayment, the chances of receiving loan repayment when working at a CHC are much higher than at other types of health care clinics.

For more information, link to the CHAMPS Understanding HPSAs and MUAs and State Loan Repayment Program pages, or the National Health Service Corps website.

2. PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE COSTS COVERED through the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA)

This act provides complete professional liability coverage to providers practicing in Community Health Centers.

For further information, please link to the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC)’s Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) webpage.

3. STRONG MISSION-DRIVEN ENVIRONMENT

Community Health Centers serve all patients regardless of their ability to pay and provide services to the most medically vulnerable populations in our communities. CHCs allow physicians to fully realize why they got into medicine in the first place: to treat patients in need of care!

4. STRONG SUPPORT NETWORK OF CLINICAL COLLEAGUES through State and Regional Primary Care Associations

These associations bring together leaders from CHCs on a formal basis and allow connections and collaborations with clinical leaders running more than 100 community-oriented clinics regionwide.

For lists of CHCs and PCAs in Region VIII, please visit our Links page.

5. COMMITMENT TO CLINICAL QUALITY through a network of dedicated health professionals and resources

The Mountain/Plains Clinical Network (MPCN) provide professional, administrative, and educational support to all clinicians that practice in community, migrant, and homeless health centers and National Health Service Corps sites in Region VIII in order to ensure the delivery of the highest quality of care to poor and underserved populations.

Link to our Mountain/Plains Clinical Network section for more information.
Visit NACHC’s Research and Data webpage for summaries of peer reviewed articles highlighting the ways health centers improve quality and reduce disparities.

6. A GROWING NEED FOR COMMITTED CHC PHYSICIANS

The number of patients seen at Community Health Centers in Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY) has almost doubled between 2000 and 2009, and the US government is dedicated to continuing to growing the number of centers seeing the uninsured and underinsured in this country. Funding from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will double that number again by 2015. Thus, the number of physicians required to care for these patients is expected to grow dramatically as well. The Federal government has made a substantial long-term financial investment to growing CHCs in Region VIII and nationwide, in effect bolstering the financial security of these organizations. To join now is to be at the forefront of a growing movement to care for all patients in our society, regardless of their ability to pay.