Mon. Feb 26th, 2024
Loan Repayment Program launched by Oklahoma State Department of Health to Address Shortage of Clinicians

The Oklahoma State Department of Health and its Office of Primary Care recently launched a loan repayment program aimed at healthcare professionals working in areas with shortages. This initiative was made possible due to the funding received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program, OK Health Corps, is set to offer up to $50,000 to clinicians specializing in primary care, mental health, and dental health on the condition that recipients 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 the facility they are applying for is located in a designated health professional shortage area and must submit a site agreement. Psychiatrists may be awarded up to $50,000, while physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses, pharmacists, and eligible mental health clinicians can receive up to $35,000. It’s important to note that the amounts awarded will not exceed outstanding qualified educational loan balances.

Providers specializing in mental health and substance use disorders will be given priority. However, depending on available resources, additional providers in different disciplines will also be considered. Recipients are also required to sign a contract with the State Department of Health and commit to either full- or part-time service – with full-time service defined as 40 hours per week

By Editor

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