HRSA designates nearly $500M to support health professionals, including dentists

Washington — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration announced Oct. 15 that it is earmarking nearly $500 million to support, recruit and retain qualified health professionals.

HRSA will administer the awards to primary health care clinicians, including dentists and dental students, through the National Health Service Corps, Nurse Corps, and other workforce development loan repayment and scholarship programs, HHS said in a news release.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the efforts of our NHSC and Nurse Corps clinicians have been tremendous,” said HRSA Administrator Tom Engels. “HRSA has provided flexibilities that ensure that these clinicians are able to do the work they’re called to do – care for and serve the patients in their communities where they may be the only health care provider for miles.”

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