In the spring of 2012, directors of Primary Care Offices and other health workforce leaders in 11 states joined to form the Multi-State/NHSC Retention Collaborative. The Collaborative’s first-year goal is to document and understand the retention of clinicians within their states who serve in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and in similar state programs, some of which are jointly funded with the NHSC. The Collaborative seeks to identify the characteristics of clinicians, their practices and their service experiences that are associated with longer retention in order to guide future efforts to enhance retention for these valuable, publically supported clinicians. The Collaborative’s efforts are supported by grant funding from the NHSC. This report provides information from an online survey commissioned by the Collaborative addressing clinicians in the NHSC Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs as well as in six programs run by five of the 11 states. Similar data for NHSC clinicians in these 11 states are included from the 2011 NHSC Long Term Retention Study after which the 2012 survey was fashioned.
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research