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In March of 2010 the Affordable Care Act was enacted, this was designed to ensure that everyone had access to health care and more affordable health care. It original design was to realign and encourage collaboration between health and healthcare system (Public Health, n.d.). One of the initiatives was a Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program. This was to attempt to make sure that there were enough nurses to care for these patients. The incentive of having loan repayment would cost the participant three year commitment to public health agency, the Health & Human Service Department offers a repayment program (American Nurses Association, 2014).
With the scholarships and loan repayment programs, this encourages primary care providers, dentists, mental health care providers and nurses to commit to communities that are in need of their services. We are familiar with this with Native Health and is now bridging over to other public health offices.
As a nurse with a role in providing health care to the population they are able to support the long term care for these patients. Many of the patients that benefit from public health assistance are the mentally ill, the low income, mothers and babies, and the elderly. I have personally noticed an increase in the number of public health nurses and they are getting out into the community teaching and caring for the community.
American Nurses Association. (2014). Health care transformation: The Affordable Care Act and more. Found at: www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCatagories.Policy-Advocacy/HealthSystemReform/AffordableCareAct.pdf.