Healthcare Shortage Solved: Oklahoma Launches New Loan Repayment Program for Health Professionals

Oklahoma State Department of Health introduces new loan repayment program to address clinician shortages

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has launched a 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. This program, known as the OK Health Corps, will provide primary care, mental health, and dental health clinicians with up to $50,000 in loan repayment. To qualify for the program, the facility must be located in a designated health professional shortage area and must fill out a site agreement.

The federal program will aid providers through loan repayment. Psychiatrists can receive up to $50,000, while physician assistants, nurse practitioners in eligible specialties, certified nurse midwives, psychiatric nurse specialists, registered nurses, pharmacists, and eligible mental health clinicians can receive up to $35,000. Providers who specialize in mental health and substance use disorders will be prioritized.

To apply for the program, visit the department’s website. After receiving the loan, recipients must sign a contract with the State Department of Health committing to full- or part-time service. Full-time service is equivalent to 40 hours per week and part-time service is 20 hours per week with a minimum of 45 weeks per service year. Jana Castleberry

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