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The Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) improves the health of people who need it most. We strengthen the health workforce and connect skilled health care providers to communities in need.

What are our priorities?

  • ACCESS: Make it easier for people to get health care.
  • SUPPLY: Add health care workers to the workforce.
  • DISTRIBUTION: Help health care providers work where they’re needed.
  • QUALITY: Train health care providers to use techniques proven to help patients.

What programs do we offer?

We offer scholarship, loan, and loan repayment programs. Some programs are for individuals; others for schools.

To which programs can individuals apply?

Individuals can apply to these scholarship and loan repayment programs.

To which programs can schools apply?

Schools can apply to these scholarship and loan programs.

How do our programs help communities in need?

Our programs help communities recruit and retain primary health care providers.

How do we train the health workforce?

We train the primary care workforce through our Health Professions Training Grants. These grants:

  • Invite clinicians to practice in areas with limited access to care. This includes rural areas.
  • Increase diversity
  • Encourage health care workers to learn from each other.

Our grant programs help create a modern health workforce. They place skilled health care providers in high-need areas nationwide.

How do our partners help us?

Our strategic partnerships help us make decisions on policy and program planning. 

Which communities need our programs the most?

Certain areas, people, or facilities need health care workers. We call these shortage designations. This includes Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps).

HPSAs and MUA/Ps help us focus our resources on the highest need places and people. Federal agencies use them to decide who is eligible for federal programs.

Which federal programs use HPSAs and MUA/Ps?

How does data inform our work?

Our National Center for Health Workforce Analysis collects and evaluates health workforce data.

They examine issues affecting the U.S. health workforce. Their research helps people who create laws make informed decisions.

How do we promote health care quality?

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) allows registered health care entities to search for reports. These reports contain medical malpractice payments, adverse actions, and judgments or convictions of health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers.

This helps improve health care quality, protect the public, and reduce fraud and abuse in the U.S. health care system.

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