Oklahoma Health Corps, a new loan repayment program launched by the state’s Department of Health and Office of Primary Care, is set to provide healthcare professionals with financial incentives to work in areas with shortages. Funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the program offers up to $50,000 to clinicians specializing in primary care, mental health, and dental health on the condition that they commit to two years of service in community facilities certified under the National Health Services Corps.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must ensure that their facility is located in a designated health professional shortage area and submit a site agreement. Psychiatrists may receive up to $50,000 while physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses, pharmacists, and eligible mental health clinicians can receive up to $35,000. The amounts awarded will not exceed outstanding qualified educational loan balances.
Providers specializing in mental health and substance use disorders will receive priority consideration. However, depending on available resources, additional providers in different disciplines may also be considered. Recipients are required to sign a contract with the State Department of Health and commit either full- or part-time service – with full-time service defined as 40 hours per week and part-time service as 20 hours per week with a minimum of 45 weeks per service year.
Jana Castleberry, Director of the Office of Primary Care at Oklahoma State Department of Health believes that this program will help address the shortage of healthcare providers in areas where there is significant need within Oklahoma state. The goal is to support the health workforce and increase access to healthcare for people across the state. To apply for this program visit their website today!