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Resources by Topic: Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers

Addressing Rural Workforce Shortages and Healthcare Disparities: An Annotated Bibliography
Report designed to inform policy discussions and future publications concerning healthcare disparities and outcomes, the distribution of physicians in rural areas, and the graduate medical education system financing. Also includes sections on rural hospital closures, social determinants of health, and healthcare safety net facilities. Constructed from a literature review, expert-recommended articles, and a search of white and grey literature.
Author(s): Dara Khatib, Alison Huffstetler, Andrew Bazemore
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
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Promising Practice: Loan Repayment Programs in Nebraska Yielding Huge Payoffs
Explores Nebraska's loan repayment programs for rural providers and health professionals administered by the State Office of Rural Health. Discusses the state's Health Professional Tracking Service (HPTS), which tracks all of the healthcare providers in the state.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Loan Repayment Programs
Provides an overview of federal student loan forgiveness and repayment programs, including those administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Addresses program components, effects, cost, and issues for Congress to consider.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Designation of Arizona Medically Underserved Areas
Provides a map and list of Primary Care Areas in Arizona and identifies resources being provided to Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the state. Lists sites for Arizona's State Loan Repayment Program.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Bureau of Health Systems Development
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Promising Practice: Team Effort in Idaho Achieves New Funding for Physician Repayment Program
Presents a promising practice from the Idaho State Office of Rural Health who worked with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to establish the state's first loan repayment program for physicians.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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National Health Service Corps Site Reference Guide
Provides clarification for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites regarding eligibility requirements, qualification factors, compliance, roles and responsibilities, and other factors for becoming as NHSC approved site. Acts as a supplemental resource to the information provided in the online NHSC Site Application.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Rural America Faces Shortage of Physicians to Care for Rapidly Aging Population
Discusses the problem of physician shortages in rural areas, the role of foreign-born physicians who serve in high-need areas, and physician training programs that specifically target rural practice.
Author(s): Janis Orlowski, Michael Dill
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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Alaska Health Workforce Coalition 2017-2021 Action Agenda
Outlines priorities and provides guidance on system and capacity building initiatives to address Alaska's healthcare workforce needs. Includes discussion on rural recruitment programs, such as loan repayment and incentives, and a rural professional recruiting network.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Health Workforce Coalition
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National Health Service Corps - An Extended Analysis: Final Report
Examines the distribution and retention of National Health Service Corps providers with a focus on Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Indian Health Service (IHS) sites. Compares long and short-term retention of NHSC and non-NHSC providers for 2000-2015 and NHSC participant location after completing their service requirements. Includes data breakdowns by type of HPSA (primary care, dental health, mental health), type of provider, race/ethnicity, and gender.
Author(s): Sebastian Negrusa, Paul Hogan, Projesh Ghosh, Lachlan Watkins
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Determinants of an Urban Origin Student Choosing Rural Practice: A Scoping Review
An analysis of a comprehensive literature review using Medline and PubMed databases focused on key factors that influence medical students from urban areas in Australia, Canada and the USA to choose careers in rural medicine.
Author(s): Douglas Myhre, Sameer Bajaj, Wesley Jackson
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 15, 3483
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
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