Washington State Health Professional   Loan Repayment  Scholarship Program December 9, 2008  Kris Sparks

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Purpose - increase access to primary care health care in Washington.Helps recruit and retain providers in high need communities in Washington state.Run collaboratively by the Rural Health Programs and the Higher Education Coordinating Board.2. HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

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Washington State Health Professional Loan Repayment Scholarship Program December 9, 2008 Kris Sparks

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1. Washington State Health Professional Loan Repayment & Scholarship Program December 9, 2008 Kris Sparks

2. Purpose - increase access to primary care health care in Washington. Helps recruit and retain providers in high need communities in Washington state. Run collaboratively by the Rural Health Programs and the Higher Education Coordinating Board. 2 HEALTH PROFESSIONAL LOAN REPAYMENT & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

3. Eligible Professions: Physician (MD or DO) (Loan Repayment includes ND) Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner Licensed Nurse (any licensed level) Midwife (certified-nurse or licensed) Pharmacist Dentist Dental Hygienist Nursing Faculty 3 HEALTH PROFESSIONAL LOAN REPAYMENT & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

4. FUNDS Current two year budget is $8.7 mil Loan Repayment: State Funds: $3,687,500.00 annually Federal Funds: $ 525,000.00 annually Usually paid out over a three-year period. Part time is pro-rated up to six years. And providers can extend for 2 years beyond the initial 3 year commitment. Scholarship: State Funds: $ 562,500.00 annually Funds are allocated annually for the academic year. Renewing student awards are priority, remaining funds used to make new applicant awards. 4

5. The Loan Repayment program is a two step process. 1. We identify “eligible sites” annually. 2. Providers apply for those eligible sites. We have two types of awards Recruitment Retention Awards are made in two cycles. The first cycle mostly recruitment. Second cycle retention and those not awarded in the first cycle are reviewed. The funds for the award are dedicated to that participant and set aside. Payments can be from a minimum of three years to six years for part time service. 5 LOAN REPAYMENT

7. Students enrolled in an eligible health profession program any where in the country that leads to licensure in Washington state. Not need-based. Not limited to only Washington schools and can be less than full time status. Graduate and undergraduate students can apply. (Prerequisite courses must be completed.) Awards are made annually. Application period is from January through April. Students may renew for up to a total of five years of funding. 7 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

9. DEFAULT Scholarship – failure to complete their course do not obtain a license do not fulfill the service obligation Must pay back all funds disbursed with double penalty plus 8% interest. Loan Repayment – do not complete their service obligation Must pay back all funds disbursed with double penalty. May withdraw professional license. 9

10. PROGRAM STATISTICS

11. Policy Questions How much goes to Scholarship vs. Loan Repayment Should new professions be added – Mental Health How we use community matching dollar Site Application process 11

12. Keys to Success Getting out to communities – having a face for the program Collaboration with Higher Education Coordinating Board Advocates in the provider community and key policy positions 12

13. Department of Health – Rural Health Kris Sparks (360) 236-2805 or [email protected] Higher Education Coordinating Board Chris Wilkins (360) 236-2817 or [email protected] www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/ocrh 13 Washington State Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program Contact Information

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