Healthcare Workforce Incentives

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Loan Repayment and Loan Forgiveness Programs

A variety of Federal and State funded educational loan repayment and loan forgiveness programs are available to health care providers to help meet the needs of Vermonters. These programs prioritize rural and underserved areas and may cover some or all of the following professions:

More information about eligibility and application process for each program:

AHEC - Vermont Area Health Education Center Program
AHEC administers: Vermont Educational Loan Repayment Programs for Primary Care Providers (including Physicians, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Certified Nurse Midwives or Physician Assistants); Dentists; Registered Nurses and Licenced Practical Nurses; and Nurse Educators/Faculty.

AHEC also administers the State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) for primary care physicians, psychiatrists and dentists working for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)
VSAC administers: Scholarship and Incentive Loans for Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Nursing students.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
NHSC program supports many primary care, oral health and mental health providers in approved sites located in eligible designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. The NHSC program in Vermont is coordinated by the Vermont/New Hampshire Recruitment Center.

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Underserved Designations

The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care oversees the designation process for underserved areas and populations within Vermont. These designations allow health care providers and organizations to take advantage of different state and federal programs to help improve the health of their communities.

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J-1 Visa Waivers

A limited number of J-1 Visa waivers are granted to non-resident physicians who agree to work in an underserved area of Vermont for a period of three years.

J-1 / Conrad 30 Visa Waiver Program Information

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Contact Information

Rachel Green, MPH
Rural Health Program Coordinator
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05401-0070
Tel: 802-859-5921

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