On October 11, 2011 AUCH hosted a lunch time provider panel for the 1st annual Corps Community Day, sponsored by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) in honor of National Primary Care Week.
The event was held at the University of Utah, with support from the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG). Moderated by Dr. Marc Babitz, Director of the Utah Department of Health Division of Family Health and Preparedness, and a former NHSC provider, the panel consisted of current NHSC providers. Panelists from Utah included: Sara McEvoy, a Physician Assistant at the Fourth Street Clinic; Dr. Christina Gallop, Medical Director at the Fourth Street Clinic; Dr. Kimberly Page, from Midtown Community Health Clinic; and Dalen Johnson, a Nurse Practitioner from Carbon Medical Services Association.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that the number of NHSC providers in the country has nearly tripled from previous years, bringing the total number to over 10,000 providers across the country working in rural areas and with underserved populations.
Medical students, as well as students from the nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs, were given valuable insight into working with underserved populations, both in urban and rural areas. AUCH is extremely proud to have brought together such a dynamic group of providers from CHCs for this successful event, and hopes to continue organizing such panels in the future.