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

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
National association 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 college bridge programs, scholarships, and student support services for American Indian students that attend or plan to attend qualified tribal colleges and universities.
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Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Works to improve the health of underserved and vulnerable populations by strengthening the health workforce and connecting skilled professionals to communities in need. 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 (HHS), 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)
The primary federal agency for improving healthcare for people who are geographically isolated and those who are economically or medically vulnerable. Helps those in need of high quality primary healthcare, people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, and mothers. Supports health professions training, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most, and improvements in healthcare delivery. 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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Last Reviewed: 6/30/2017