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This post comes to us from our Missouri 3RNet member, Joni Adamson:

The Missouri Community Health Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) provides funding for health care professionals, from urban and rural Missouri, to obtain their training in primary care medical, dental, or nursing. The Foundation pays for tuition and education-related expenses in return for working full-time at a Missouri Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) upon completion of training. In addition, the Foundation created the Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Community Health Scholarship as a token of appreciation for his key role in the development of Community Health Centers in our great state and across the nation. This scholarship, established in his name, serves as a small token of appreciation for his efforts and will forever link Community Health Center successes with his legacy!

The Foundation is currently up to twenty recipients of this program!

In 2009 the Missouri Primary Care Association announced the formation of the Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Community Health Scholarship Fund (Bond Scholarship), a permanently endowed scholarship fund.

Why?

Health provider and workforce issues facing the Nation and the states have converged in Missouri to make a pending crisis in primary care. One of the most alarming figures is the 25 percent reduction in medical students enrolled in Primary Care and Internal Medicine nationally. This translates into an estimated shortfall of 40,000 primary care doctors nationwide over the next decade.  Further, dozens of Missouri counties are already designated or qualify as Health Professional Shortage Areas. This alarming trend, if it continues, will result in ongoing, critical primary care workforce shortages, dramatically and adversely impacting our rural and urban communities. The scarcity of primary care providers presents real problems for all Missourians but especially for the underserved seeking access to health services. Capacity amongst health providers to continue existing levels of service or even expanding such levels will be the critical issue as rural and urban communities struggle to replenish an aging and retiring provider population. 

To learn more about this exciting program, visit: http://www.mo-pca.org/community-health-foundation

To view current job openings in Missouri on 3RNet, visit: https://www.3rnet.org/locations/missouri.  
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