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