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November 19th, 2015 – to celebrate National Rural Health Day. First and foremost, National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit of that prevails in rural America. But it also gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face – and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.


Idaho’s State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) has extended the application cycle which will remain open until SLRP federal funds are exhausted. The SLRP program has also been expanded to include a part-time clinician option. The part-time option allows for the participation of practitioners working 20-39 hours per week, while the fulltime option allows for the participation of practitioners working 40 hours per week in a nonprofit or public entity. Both options also require the practitioner to work a minimum of 45 weeks per year.

The SLRP is a multi-discipline, state-based loan repayment program for practitioners working in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Loan repayment is provided through a federal grant and every award must be matched $1:$1 with funds provided by the practitioner’s employer. Awards range from $5,000-$25,000 per year for two years, depending on discipline and the matching employer contribution.

Practitioners receiving loan repayment must:

  • Ensure individuals at or below 200% of the most recentHHS Poverty Guidelines will receive a schedule of discounts, and individuals with income at or below 100% of the HHS Poverty Guidelines will receive services at a nominal fee or at no charge;
  • Be employed or contracted by a nonprofit or public entity located in a Health Professional Shortage Area;
  • Accept Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program;
  • Commit to working two-years at the practice location in exchange for loan repayment and agree to substantial repayment penalties if the term of service is not completed;
  • Not have concurrent service obligations;
  • Agree to participate in a site visit with staff from the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care during the obligation period.


SLRP Site Application

SLRP Practitioner Application

SLRP now includes Registered Nurses and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Eligible SLRP disciplines include:

Primary Care Behavioral Health Dental Health  
Family Practice MD DD
Pediatrician Psychiatrist RDH
Internal Medicine Psychologist  
PharmD Psych Nurse Specialist

For the SLRP Practitioner Application click here.
For the SLRP Site Application click here