Health Professionals in Oklahoma Offered Loan Repayment Program to Address Shortage

Oklahoma State Department of Health Launches OK Health Corps to Attract Health Care Professionals to Underserved Areas

The Oklahoma State Department of Health and its Office of Primary Care have launched a new initiative to attract health care professionals to work in designated shortage areas throughout the state. This program, called OK Health Corps, is possible thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Under this program, primary care, mental health, and dental health clinicians can receive awards of up to $50,000 to help repay their qualified educational loans. In return, recipients must commit to serving a two-year term in community facilities that are certified under the National Health Services Corps, a federal program that provides support to providers through loan repayment. The clinic in which they serve must be located in an area designated as a health professional shortage area, and a site agreement must be completed.

The amount of the awards will vary depending on the specific provider’s career area. Psychiatrists can receive up to $50,000, while physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, psychiatric nurses, registered nurses, pharmacists

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