The Oklahoma State Department of Health has announced a new loan repayment program for health professionals working in areas with a shortage, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The OK Health Corps program will provide primary care, mental health, and dental health clinicians with up to $50,000 in loan repayment, in exchange for two years of service in community facilities certified under the National Health Services Corps.
The federal program aims to aid providers through loan repayment and incentivize them to practice in areas of significant need in the state. To qualify for the program, the facility must be located in a designated health professional shortage area and fill out a site agreement.
Jana Castleberry, Director of the Office of Primary Care, stated that the goal is to support the health workforce and increase access to healthcare in Oklahoma. Providers who specialize in mental health and substance use disorders will be prioritized, and depending on available resources, additional providers in different disciplines will also be considered.
To apply for the program, visit the department’s website.