August 18, 2016
Area(s) of Interest: Professional Development & Education
The California State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) application cycle for 2016 is now open. The program assists with the repayment of educational loans for health care professionals who work in underserved areas of California.
The program was congressionally authorized in 1987 to increase the number of primary care physicians and other health care professionals practicing in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) in California.
Grant recipients must commit to two-year, full-time or four-year, half-time service agreement to provide direct patient care in a primary, dental or mental health HPSA. Awardees must be currently employed or have accepted employment at a SLRP Certified Eligible Site that is willing to match the state award amount, dollar for dollar.
Grant recipients may receive up to $50,000, though service years and award amounts may vary from year to year based on federal requirements and the amount of the provider’s debt.
The program is federally funded through a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions National Health Service Corps and is administered by the State of California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSPHD).
Interested parties can apply online through CalREACH.
For more information, visit the OSHPD website.
Questions about the program can be directed to SLRP@oshpd.ca.gov.