The National Health Service Corps is an excellent opportunity to bring health care professionals to underserved areas in Idaho. Currently, there are 367 certified NHSC sites in Idaho offering mental health, dental health and primary care services to underserved populations.
The NHSC loan repayment application cycle is now open and will close March 20, 2014. The funding levels for this application cycle are:
•Health Professional Shortage Area score of 14 and above – up to $50,000
•Health Professional Shortage Area score of 13 and below – up to $30,000
For an individual to qualify for a NHSC loan repayment program, they must meet the following requirements:
•Be employed by a NHSC certified site.
•Be able to provide the minimum direct outpatient care hours to meet the loan repayment program requirements.
•Be practicing within an NHSC-approved discipline.
•Cannot participate in additional obligation programs (i.e. primary care loans)
NHSC is also seeking to certify Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) that partner with primary care outpatient clinics. Through the CAH pilot program, clinicians have the ability to include hours served while treating patients admitted into the CAH.
For additional information regarding the NHSC, please contact Andy Noble at NobleA@dhw.idaho.gov
NHSC - http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
NHSC Loan Repayment Program - http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/index.html
NHSC Scholar Program - http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html