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News by Topic: Financial aid for health careers

Sep 6, 2023 - Summarizes a discussion on rural healthcare workforce recruitment and retention at the 2023 National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit. Notes that good data helps policymakers understand where the need is greatest so that resources can be prioritized for those places. Describes incentives used across the country including loan repayment programs, interstate compacts, virtual networking, and more.
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures
Aug 22, 2023 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) seeking comments on an information collection request regarding the Health Workforce Connector. The Health Workforce Connector (HWC) helps connect skilled professionals to communities in need by allowing approved Site Points of Contact (POCs) at the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), Nurse Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs (Nurse Corps), Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program, Pediatric Specialty Loan Repayment Program (PS), Nursing Training, and Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) sites to post available opportunities and update site profiles. The HWC also allows users to create a profile, search for approved sites, find job and training opportunities, and connect with other similarly interested clinicians in working with underserved populations. Comments are due by September 21, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 14, 2023 - Notice of proposed rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposing amending its regulations regarding the VA Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP). Changes include implementing the mandates of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, which would expand the number of scholarships available to those who are pursuing degrees or training in mental health disciplines. Comments are due by October 13, 2023.
Source: Federal Register