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Concerned about repaying your student loans?

Consider joining the federally funded National Health Service Corp!

The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) is a network of 7,000 primary health care professionals and 10,000 sites working in underserved communities across the country. To support the service of health professionals in the underserved areas, the NHSC provides clinicians with loan repayment and scholarships. According to the NHSC, the NHSC Loan Repayment Program offers fully trained primary care physicians (MD or DO), family nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, and certain mental health clinicians $50,000 to repay student loans in exchange for 2 years serving in a community-based site in a high-need HPSA that has applied to and been approved by the NHSC as a service site. After completing their 2 years of service, loan repayors may apply for additional years of support. (excerpted October 23, 2010). For up-to-date, detailed information, take a look at https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/

Iowa psychologists have participated in the National Health Service Corp and benefited from the loan repayment and scholarships. Check out this link for the areas in Iowa that would likely be considered Health Professional Shortage Areas and qualify for NHSC involvement. https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/stateloanrepaymentprogram/contacts.html
Information about program requirements and Iowa shortage areas changes periodically, so please consult Bobbi Buckner Bentz at the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Care Access for more information. Ms. Bentz is the Director of the Primary Care Office and is the state contact person for the NHSC. You may reach her at:

Bobbi Buckner Bentz, MHA, MPH
Director, Primary Care Office

Bureau of Health Care Access
Iowa Department of Public Health
321 East 12th St., 4th Floor Lucas Bldg.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: 515-281-7223515-281-7223
Fax: 515-242-6384
Email: bbuckner@idph.state.ia.us

The Primary Care Office also has an informative website that can be found at:

Iowa also offers a loan repayment program for primary health care professionals including psychologists through the Primary Care Recruitment and Retention Endeavor (PRIMECARRE). This program was authorized by the Iowa Legislature in 1994 to support local efforts to recruit and retain qualified healthcare practitioners to provide primary care services in Iowa. As a PRIMECARRE program, the Loan Repayment Program provides grants up to $30,000 per year to primary care physicians, dentists, mental health providers, and other medical professionals to assist in their repayment of educational loans. The number of grants awarded depends upon federal allocations and state matching funds. Individuals may re-apply to the program each year for additional assistance.

For more information about the Iowa's PRIMECARRE program visit the link above or contact Erin Drinnin, MSW at the Bureau of Health Care Access, (515)281-3166, (515)281-3166, or edrinnin@idph.state.ia.us

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