The Oklahoma State Department of Health and its Office of Primary Care have recently announced the launch of a loan repayment program aimed at healthcare professionals working in areas with shortages. This initiative is possible due to the funding they received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program, OK Health Corps, is set to offer up to $50,000 to clinicians specializing in primary care, mental health, and dental health on the condition that recipients commit to two years of service in community facilities certified under the National Health Services Corps.
The program is aimed at addressing the shortage of healthcare providers in areas of significant need within the state of Oklahoma. The goal is to support the health workforce and ensure increased access to health care for people across the state. To be eligible for the program, applicants must ensure that their facility is located in a designated health professional shortage area and must submit a site agreement. Providers specializing in mental health and substance use disorders will be given priority, but depending on available resources, additional providers in different disciplines will also be considered.
Jana Castleberry, Director of the Office of Primary Care, believes that this program will help address significant gaps in healthcare access within Oklahoma communities. She stated that “We’re excited about this opportunity to invest in our future healthcare workforce while ensuring that Oklahoman’s have access to quality care.” To apply for OK Health Corps loan repayment program, interested applicants can visit the department’s website for more information on eligibility requirements and application deadlines.