Service obligated programs serve to incentivize healthcare professionals to provide care to underserved New Yorkers. Through these programs, healthcare professionals of various backgrounds are motivated to work in shortage areas or in difficult-to-recruit positions through loan forgiveness, scholarships, or immigration requirement waivers.
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Appalachian Regional Commission
Doctors Across New York
A 3-year (6 max) federal work exchange visa program for skilled professionals
Health Professional Shortage Area; designations that indicate health provider shortages in
primary care, dental health or mental health
Human Resources and Services Administration
Indian Health Services
A federal work exchange visa program for foreign students and their dependents
Grant or payment made to working health professional to assist with student loan debt return
Medically Underserved Area/Population
National Health Service Corps
Office of Mental Health
Primary Care Service Corps
Grant or payment made to student to subsidize cost of education (tuition, fees, etc.) while in pursuit of degree or training in healthcare field
Contractual work agreement between financial aid recipient and funder
Identify active National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps sites and job opportunities at those sites.
Search for approved shortage areas by geography or by address using the “Shortage Areas by Address”’ function under tools.
Search for health care positions in rural and underserved areas.
Read a research brief on "The Impact of Service-Obligated Providers on Health Care in New York State".