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West Virginia Recruitment and Retention Community Project

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West Virginia State Office of Rural Health
Apr 30, 2024

Adam Kloss


The Recruitment and Retention Community Project (RRCP) offers grants to eligible healthcare employers in rural West Virginia to provide loan repayment assistance to primary care health professionals who agree to practice in underserved areas. The purpose of the program is to support rural recruitment and retention efforts and increase the availability of qualified primary care providers in rural areas.

Providers receiving loan repayment through this program must agree to a minimum 1-year service contract, with a maximum of 4 years.

Awards may also be made for other recruitment and retention activities, including:

  • Residency or training program stipends
  • Sign-on bonuses
  • Moving expenses
  • Retention award for candidates that are considering leaving at the end of their contract
  • Other activities on a case-by-case basis

Eligible healthcare employers must be located in a rural Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) of West Virginia. Eligible facilities include but are not limited to primary care centers, small rural hospitals, local health departments, and private practitioners.

A list of hospitals that currently meet eligibility criteria for this opportunity is available in the application instructions.

Eligible professions include:

  • Primary care physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse midwives
  • Psychiatrists
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
Geographic coverage
West Virginia
Amount of funding

Employers are eligible to receive up to $10,000 per candidate, for a maximum of 5 candidates per year. The employer or community must provide a $10,000 matching contribution, for a total of $20,000 per candidate in a fiscal year.

Application process

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

Submit completed applications and required attachments by:

Email: (preferred)

State Loan Repayment Program
State Office of Rural Health
WVDHHR/Bureau for Public Health
Office of Community Health Systems and Health Promotion
350 Capitol Street, Room 515
Charleston, WV 25301

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Clinics · Critical Access Hospitals · Dental workforce · Hospitals · Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers · Maternal health and prenatal care · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Pharmacy workforce · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · Recruitment and retention of health professionals · Rural Emergency Hospitals · Sole Community Hospitals · West Virginia

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