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Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment for Rural Health Professions Organizations

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
The national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. Offers scholarships and financial aid resources for nursing students. Publishes fact sheets regarding nursing shortage and nurse education. Oversees the Academic Partnerships to Improve Health project which helps build capacity in the public health workforce.
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American Indian College Fund
Provides scholarship funds for American Indian students at qualified tribal colleges and universities.
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Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Works to address workforce shortage issues; manages federal shortage designations; administers grant programs related to the healthcare workforce; and administers scholarship and loan repayment programs designed for healthcare professionals. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME)
Provides an ongoing assessment of physician workforce trends, training issues and financing policies. Advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Works to improve and expand access to quality health care for all. Part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
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Indian Health Service (IHS)
Provides federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Works to positively affect the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Administers scholarship and loan repayment programs for American Indian and Alaska Native health professionals. Part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
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National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
Works to improve the health of underserved populations by recruiting and retaining health professionals to deliver healthcare in rural and underserved communities. Administers scholarship and loan repayment programs. Provides technical assistance to federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) on projects that enhance the NHSC's site development mission. Part of the Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration.
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National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Federal focal point for medical research in the United States. Comprises 27 separate Institutes and Centers and is one of eight health agencies of the Public Health Service. Offers or health professionals who commit to research projects related to health disparities.
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Last Reviewed: 6/30/2017