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Hometown Scholars

Do you …

Want to help improve the health of your community? Desire to work in your community’s health center?  Aspire to be a physician assistant?

If you answered “yes,” then Hometown Scholars may be for you!

ATSU-ASHS’ Physician Assistant (PA) program was started in response to requests from community health centers (CHCs) and other safety net providers. The purpose of Hometown Scholars is to help the ATSU-ASHS PA program meet the needs of CHCs by attracting and training dedicated, motivated, and qualified community-minded physician assistants. This information is designed to help you discover how you might become a Hometown Scholars endorsed applicant.

Hometown Scholars applicants are those who have

  • Located a CHC to stay involved with
  • Developed relationships with CHC staff and leadership
  • Learned about the working environment of a CHC
  • Gained valuable volunteer or work experience
  • Gained ATSU-ASHS PA application endorsement from a CHC leader

A Hometown Scholars endorsement lets the health sciences school know which applicants CHCs believe could become the compassionate community-minded healers they would like to employ. If you are interested in seeking a Hometown Scholars endorsement, visit the Bureau of Primary Health Care web page to identify a CHC to connect with as a volunteer or employee. In this way, you can learn about that health center’s approach for improving community health, develop health center relationships, and hopefully, gain the endorsement from that CHC.

A CHC leader can advocate for your acceptance into the health sciences school by sending a Hometown Scholars endorsement letter to Gary Cloud, PhD (address below). Hometown Scholars letters of endorsement do not replace the regular application process. Hometown Scholars endorsement letters parallel the regular application process – a process that requires its own letters of support.

What is a CHC?

CHC mission
To promote the provision of high-quality, comprehensive healthcare that is accessible, coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent, and community-directed for all underserved populations.

CHC service
Community, migrant, and homeless health centers are not-for-profit providers of healthcare to America’s poor and medically underserved. Health centers serve the working poor and the uninsured in the nation’s neediest intercity, suburban, and rural communities. Innovative CHC programs in primary and preventive care serve 23 million people through 8,500 delivery sites.

ATSU-ASHS
ATSU-ASHS offers a variety of accredited master of science degree programs, doctoral degree programs, and online education programs. The campus-based degree programs combine comprehensive didactic education with practical experience to develop interpersonal skills, knowledge, and practical application. The online education degree programs are designed to accommodate the working professional with an opportunity to advance their education and learn new skills.

More information and related links

ATSU-ASHS
www.atsu.edu/ashs

National Association of Community Health Centers
www.nachc.com

Bureau of Primary Health Care website through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
http://bphc.hrsa.gov

For more information about the Hometown Scholars program, contact

Gary Cloud, PhD
Vice President, Strategic University Partnerships
ATSU
Phone: 480.219.6013
Email: gcloud@atsu.edu

For more information about ATSU-ASHS, contact

Arizona School of Health Sciences
A.T. Still University
5850 E. Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone: 480.219.6000