The purpose of this new formula award 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
& Reinvestment Act (ARRA)funds dedicated to strengthening the primary care workforce administered through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) represents a significant increase in support activities by the PCOs 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, PCOs 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 PCOs to meet this increased demand for new and renewal of previously approved sites.