Veterans and transitioning service members, working at a health center may work for your career.
Health centers need staff with a wide variety of skills and experience. Health centers currently employ veterans in a range of positions including
chief operating officer
director of pharmacy
administrator of office support
When you put your skills to work at a health center, you continue to be a valued member of a team serving your country – caring for people who otherwise might be unable to find or afford basic health care.
Find out more about veterans and community health centers three fact sheets showcase the opportunities for employment at Community Health Centers
Uniformed Services Health Professional Placement provides discounted clinician referral services to National Association of Community Health Center members seeking physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists and physicians.
National Resource Directory lists job opportunities at health centers for non-clinical and clinical staff.
1,100 health centers with 8,500 sites nationwide employ more than 131,000 clinical and non-clinical staff and care for 19.5 million people each year. Most health center patients are low income and 38 percent have no health insurance.
Health centers provide high quality, affordable primary care – such as childhood immunization, sick visits, diabetes management – and charge patients on a sliding fee scale so they pay only what they can afford.
Veterans of the U.S. military have skills and experience that can work for your health center. Walter “Mickey” Presha, president and CEO of Manatee County Rural Health Services, Manatee, FL, a retired Army colonel whose health center employs a platoon's worth of veterans, says:
Employers need to recognize that vets are disciplined, have a tremendous work ethic and are goal oriented. ... [They]are trained to provide direction, prioritize missions and resources, anticipate change and motivate others to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.
How Health Centers are reaching out and hiring veterans
National Association of Community Health Centers has negotiated an agreement with Uniformed Services Health Professional Placement, which works exclusively with military and former military clinicians, to provide discounted clinician referral services to member health centers. All health centers may use the service. Learn more: NACHC Health Center Staffing
National Resource Directory connects veterans with job opportunities and other services. Use special markup tags on opportunities posted on your website to add them to the Veterans Job Bank. Learn more: Instructions for Employer Participation.
President Obama, in October 2011, challenged Community Health Centers to hire 8,000 veterans – approximately one veteran per health center site – over the next three years:
The following is a H R S A flash movie. The movie contains a link to http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/ where you can search for health centers by location.