HHS Recruiting 40 Public Health Service Officers - Department of Health and Human Services - Brief A

Author: Rosemarie Sweeney, Matthew Neff
Date: May 15, 2002

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently announced that the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) will recruit 40 new U.S. Public Health Service officers from primary care physicians to provide primary health care services in communities in the United States that are medically underserved. The 40 officers will be trained as "NHSC Ready Responders" who will provide an additional resource of health professionals who are able to respond to regional or national medical emergencies. These officers will remain distinct from the Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT). This recruiting is part of President Bush's five-year initiative to expand the NHSC and the health center network and increase the number of patients served annually from 10 million to 16 million by 2006. The officers' assignments will be no longer than three years in duration.

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