In 2007, CHC, Inc. launched the nation's first formal residency training program for new family nurse practitioners committed to practice careers as primary care providers in community health centers.
Our country faces an unprecedented demand for primary care providers who are trained to organize and deliver care that is timely, safe, effective, affordable, and culturally competent. Primary care, long defined as first contact and continuous, is our best strategy to ensure a health care home for all Americans, including special populations.
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are the health care home for 20 million people in the U.S., and their primary care providers must be specialists in primary care for various populations.
Nurse practitioners are critically important primary care providers in FQHCs. But, unlike their primary care physician colleagues, nurse practitioners have had to assume their roles in primary care without the benefit of formal post-graduate residency training programs. It’s time for a change. As we create our healthcare future, the time for residency training for family nurse practitioners, using the nation’s best federally qualified health centers and nurse managed health centers as the service institution base, is now!