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HHS Announces Funding to Support Health Care Workforce

The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced a $1.5 billion investment to help grow and diversify the nation’s health care workforce through loan repayment and scholarship programs. The investment includes $1 billion from the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Funding will support:

  • more than 22,700 primary care clinicians in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC);
  • 2,500 Nurse Corps nurses; and
  • 250 awardees in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP). STAR LRP was established this year and benefits clinicians, allied health professionals, and support staff who provide substance use disorder treatment and recovery services in professional shortage areas with high overdose fatalities.

The NHSC and Nurse Corps loan repayment programs are now accepting applications.

ARP funding also supports teaching health center graduate medical education (THCGME), including a $28.4 million investment in new accredited primary care residency programs. The administration plans to award $330 million in ARP funding for THCGME in coming months.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions

About the Author

Julie Kozminski is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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