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Healthcare Worker Loan Relief Program of the Commonwealth

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University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health
Nov 30, 2022

Sierra Williams


The Healthcare Worker Loan Relief Program of the Commonwealth will provide loan repayment for specific healthcare professionals who agree to practice in underserved areas of Kentucky for at least 2 years. Eligible practice sites must be public or nonprofit private entities located in a federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).


Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens (either U.S. born or naturalized) or U.S. nationals and work in Kentucky
  • Have been trained and licensed to provide direct patient care in one of the program's eligible disciplines and specialties
  • Have a current, full, permanent, unencumbered, unrestricted professional license, certificate, or registration in Kentucky
  • Be employed at an eligible site, or have accepted an offer of employment at an eligible site where service will begin no later than January 2023
  • Work in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)
  • Practice 24-40 hours a week up to 4,160 hours over a 2-3 years period, providing primary health services at an eligible site

Eligible professions include:

  • Physicians
  • Optometrists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Audiologists
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Certified nurse-midwives
  • Registered nurses
  • Dentists
  • Registered dental hygienists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Licensed professional clinical counselors
  • Health service psychologists
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Psychiatric nurse specialists
  • Alcohol and substance use disorder counselors
  • Pharmacists

Other specialties will be considered.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Funding will be awarded in a tiered format, based on provider type, level of loan indebtedness, and sponsor match level. Maximum award levels are provided in the application instructions.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Dental workforce · Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Nurses · Oral health · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Pharmacy workforce · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · Kentucky

Organizations (1)

  • University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health, view details

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