Programs Using Shortage Designations
National Health Services Corps Scholarship & Loan Repayment Program
The Office of Primary Care provides technical assistance and will assist sites in document review.
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs are competitive federal programs which provide service-obligated scholarships and loan repayment to assist in the development, recruitment, and retention of community responsive, culturally competent, primary care providers to serve people in health professional shortage areas.
- National Health Service Corps
NHSC Program Contact:
Office of Primary Care Manager
J-1 Visa Waivers
The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants J-1 visa waivers after a review by the US State Department. IDOH may recommend 30 waivers a year for J-1 physicians who otherwise must to return to their home country for a period of two years after completing graduate medical studies. The recipients are obligated to 3 years service in a designated underserved area (HPSA or MUA/P).
For essential forms and for the waiver requirements click on the following links:
National Interest Waivers
IDOH will issue recommendation letters for National Interest Waivers (NIW). To see the documents required, in order for the IDOH to write a recommendation letter click on this link: IDOH NIW Requirements
J-1 Visa Waiver Program Contact:
Natalie Morrison, MPH
J-1 Visa Consultant
Indiana Primary Health Care Association
429 N. Pennsylvania St, Suite 333
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Ph: (765) 918-4431 / Fax: (317) 630-0849
State Loan Repayment Program
The Indiana Health Care Professional Recruitment and Retention Fund Program (IHCPRRF) provides loan repayment for student loans incurred by health care professionals to encourage the full-time delivery of healthcare in shortage areas. The IHCPRRF program provides an incentive for psychiatrists, alcohol, and substance use counselors and practitioners in related disciplines to practice in a specific, federally designated Indiana region experiencing high numbers of opioid deaths. Priority counties include Blackford, Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Switzerland, Union and Wayne. Although priority counties have been identified, all qualifying providers in any county are encouraged to apply. The program is administered by the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) Division of Chronic Disease, Primary Care and Rural Health.
The project has grant opportunities for professional loan repayments to qualifying providers in mental health and addiction-related disciplines first, followed by primary care physicians, who are also in short supply. The plan calls for 30 awards for each year of the four-year grant period.
SLRP Program Contact:
Office of Primary Care SLRP Team
Rural Health Clinics
It is necessary to contact the Office of Primary Care Manager to determine if an address is in a proper Shortage Designation.
Designation Verification Letter Contact:
Office of Primary Care Manager