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A number of resources exist for health professions students that provide information about: 

Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs

Scholarship Resources for Health Professional Shortage Areas in Wisconsin (PDF, 77 KB)
This document compares federal scholarship programs for students enrolled in the following health professions programs:

  • MD/DO
  • Dentists – DDS/DMD (general, pediatrics)
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurse midwives
  • Nursing
  • Physician assistants
  • Various (Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholarship only)

Primary Care Loan Repayment Recruitment Resources for Health Professional Shortage Areas in Wisconsin (PDF, 195 KB)
This document compares federal and state loan repayment options for primary care providers. This includes the following provider types:

  • MD/DO – family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, Ob/Gyn
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurse midwives
  • Physician assistants

Dental Loan Repayment Recruitment Resources for Health Professional Shortage Areas in Wisconsin (PDF, 73 KB)
This document compares federal and state loan repayment options for dentists and dental hygienists that practice general or pediatric dentistry.

Mental Health Loan Repayment Recruitment Resources for Health Professional Shortage Areas in Wisconsin (PDF, 72 KB) This document compares federal and state loan repayment options for mental health providers. This includes the following provider types:

  • MD/DO – psychiatry
  • Health service psychologists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Nurses

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) (exit DHS)
The NHSC is a federal program that seeks to improve access to care in underserved areas of the country by offering scholarship assistance and loan repayment to eligible primary care, dental, and mental health clinicians. In order to receive the scholarship or loan repayment providers must agree to provide a minimum of 2 years service in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Wisconsin Health Professions Loan Assistance Program (HPLAP) (exit DHS)
The HPLAP is Wisconsin’s state loan repayment program. It seeks to increase the number of primary care, dental, and psychiatrist providers working in underserved rural and urban areas of the state. Interested persons should contact Kevin Jacobson for more program information.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (exit DHS)
The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is a federal program targeted to nursing students enrolled in diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs. The scholarship will cover tuition, required fees, reasonable education costs and provides a monthly stipend. Upon completion of their nursing training scholarship recipients will be expected to serve a minimum 2-year service commitment at a Critical Shortage Facility in a high need HPSA.

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (exit DHS)
The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program is a federal program targeted to bachelor’s or master’s degree trained nurses employed as an RN. In order to receive an award nurses must work in a Critical Shortage Facility for nursing that’s located in a HPSA.

Indian Health Service (IHS) (exit DHS)
The IHS offers scholarship and loan repayment opportunities to qualified American Indian (AI) and Alaskan Native (AN) citizens. The scholarship program (exit DHS) covers tuition, required fees and appropriate living expenses for eligible students in health professions programs. Students receiving the scholarship have to complete a service obligation at an Indian health tribal health facility. The IHS loan repayment program (exit DHS) offers loan repayment assistance to eligible applicants in qualified health professional disciplines. Eligibility to the loan repayment program is not restricted to AI/AN. Loan repayment recipients receive an award in exchange for at least a two-year service obligation.

Wisconsin Medical Society (WMS) Foundation (exit DHS)
The foundation of the WMS offers a number of scholarship, student loan, and fellowship opportunities for students in medical school in Wisconsin.

Student Learning Experiences

Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) (exit DHS)
The Wisconsin AHEC system provides programs to strengthen community-based health professional education and community health education. This programming is carried out in a variety of ways, some of which are described below.
Study Wisconsin (exit DHS) – opportunity for student advancement and training outside of their regular school curriculum
Wisconsin Express (exit DHS) – opportunity for health professions students to explore health care delivery in medically underserved areas and work with students across disciplines
Community Health Internship Program (CHIP) (exit DHS) – summer internship program with placements in local health departments

Other useful information may be found on the AHEC student (exit DHS) page. AHEC also maintains a Health Careers Information Center (exit DHS), which provides information about health career occupations, Wisconsin educational institutions and health care programs, health profession organizations, and other health care programs and resources.

Internship and Residency
University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine (exit DHS)
Medical College of Wisconsin (exit DHS)

Working with Underserved Populations

AHEC cultural education resources (exit DHS)
Links to a variety of online resources to help providers develop a better understanding of other cultures.

WI Department of Health Services Minority Health Program
The Minority Health Program provides statewide leadership on policy measures that aim to improve the health of vulnerable populations in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA) (exit DHS)
WPHCA provides support to Wisconsin’s Community Health Centers and serves as a resource on access to care.

Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (ORH) (exit DHS)
The ORH works to improve access to and the quality of healthcare provided in rural areas of the state.

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) (exit DHS)
The RWHC is a collaborative network of rural hospitals that advocates for policies that will improve health care delivery in rural areas; and serves to health the development of the hospitals in the collaborative.

Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) (exit DHS)
CUPH conducts and facilitates population health research and educational initiatives that seek to improve the health of urban communities.

Community Health Information and Resources

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Community Health Improvement Process and Plans (CHIPP)
The process of Wisconsin communities developing and implementing local health plans to address health conditions impacting their residents.

University of Wisconsin County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (exit DHS)
The rankings and roadmaps project helps communities create solutions that will make it easier for people to make healthy choices. The health rankings portion of the project illustrates what issues are making people sick in a particular county. The roadmaps portion of the project helps to show what communities can do to create healthier places to live, work, and play.

Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources (exit DHS)
The clearinghouse seeks to mobilize people to use their voices to affect change in creating a healthier community.

Informed Caring (exit DHS)
Informed Caring is a library resource maintained by Wisconsin AHEC. The site is designed to provide information and resources to those working in local health departments, community health centers, and those providing health care in rural or underserved communities in Wisconsin.

Job Searching

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Jobs Center (exit DHS)
An online job search engine that will display job vacancies nationwide at health care sites that are eligible placements to receive NHSC loan repayment. Some sites will be eligible placements to fulfill NHSC scholarship obligations. These vacancies may be filled by anyone who is qualified, individuals do not have to have interest in the loan repayment program.

National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet) (exit DHS)
3RNet is a national network of members affiliated with non-profit organizations that help to recruit health professionals to rural areas.

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) Career Center (exit DHS)
Search for health care vacancies in rural areas of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants (WAPA) Career Center (exit DHS)
Search for physician assistant vacancies in Wisconsin.

Professional Associations

Wisconsin AHEC’s Health Careers Information Center provides listings of national and state health professional associations and organizations (exit DHS). These organizations can provide students with helpful background about the profession, as well information on accreditation, licensing and certification requirements, other education programs within job searching the profession and financial assistance.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2014