Workforce Development

KPCA provides training and technical assistance in workforce development to Kentucky’s Community Health Centers.  Our Workforce Program Manager links our health centers to resources that assist in the recruitment, retention, and development of staff.  Additionally, to meet the future needs of the primary care workforce KPCA encourages and facilitates health professional education and training (HP-ET) in our community health centers.


HR/Workforce Peer Learning Collaborative

Our Human Resources and Workforce teams have joined forces to provide the HR and workforce staff at our health centers the opportunity to learn, share and develop professionally together. This collaborative facilitates conversations between health centers on relevant topics and provides resources to support the workforce of today while preparing for the needs of tomorrow.

Job Board

Our members post open positions including administrative, clinical, and clerical at their health centers in our Job Board. Additionally, if you are a physician, dentist, or behavioral health professional seeking a position at a community health center, click here (can you hyperlink an email to be sent to me?) to be connected to our Workforce Program Manager.

Workforce Action Plans

The Workforce Program Manager offers technical assistance through strategic workforce planning to our community health centers. Workforce action plans provide a framework for thinking strategically about the present and future workforce needs by identifying goals, assessing challenges and opportunities, analyzing the workforce environment then developing a road map to meet the workforce needs of the future.

Additional Resources 

Kentucky Area Health Education Center Program
AHEC works to support, train, recruit and retain the best health care professionals in our region. The University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program is a collaborative effort with the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville Health Science Center, and eight regional centers to positively affect the distribution of health professionals throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Kentucky Rural Health Association
The Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) educates providers and consumers on rural health issues and advocates actions by private and public leaders to assure equitable access to health care for rural Kentuckians. KRHA offers student membership at no cost and features two student chapters hosted by the NE KY AHEC and Western KY University

Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program
The Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program (KSLRP) serves as a recruitment and retention tool to reduce health workforce shortages in rural and underserved locations throughout the state. Applicants selected to participate in the competitive program are required to commit to working full time for two years, providing primary care services at an eligible site in the state. Participants receive tax-free student loan repayment in exchange for their service commitment.
Kentucky State University’s Undergraduate Pre-Medical Academy (KUMA)
KUMA is a three-year pipeline program that aims to increase the number of students applying and gaining acceptance to medical, dental, and PA programs with an emphasis on increasing minority student matriculation to improve provider diversity. KUMA partners with KPCA to identify opportunities to expose students to the advantages of working at community health centers. For more information or to get involved email the founder and director of Wanda Gonsalves, MD.

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) offers tax-free loan repayment assistance to support qualified health care providers who choose to take their skills where they’re most needed. The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least three years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.


Ashley Gibson
, MA
Director of Member Advancement
Contact Ashley