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 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.
Joining Forces is dedicated to connecting our servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses with the resources they need to find jobs at home.
American Job Centers can help veterans look for work and offer workshops, like resume and cover letter writing.
Job Banks offer opportunities and resources in U.S. states and territories.
1,198 health centers with 8,900 sites nationwide employ more than 148,000 clinical and non-clinical staff and care for 21.1 million people each year. Most health center patients are low income and 36 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
Hiring Veterans: A Step-by-Step Toolkit for Employers is a detailed veterans hiring kit.
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) 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: Staffing for Health Centers .
The U.S. Department of Labor offers Hire a Vet resources. Employers may post job openings on national veterans and state job banks for free, contact a Veterans Employment Representative at an American Job Center , and access other helpful information.
Health centers may post opportunities on Job Banks in U.S. states and territories.
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.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has compiled Continuing Education resources to help clinicians meet the mental health needs of returning veterans and their families.
Looking for a way to help patients manage symptoms after trauma? See Veteran's Administration PTSD Coach Online