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The NHSC can help you recruit and retain qualified health care providers who care about patients living in communities with limited access to care and choose to work where they are needed most.
Your facility may be eligible to become an NHSC-approved site if it:
  • Is located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)
  • Provides primary care medical, dental, or mental and behavioral health services
  • Provides services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay
  • Offers discounted fees to patients who qualify
  • Accepts patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
For more information please see the NHSC Website

Idaho’s State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) has extended the application cycle which will remain open until SLRP federal funds are exhausted. The SLRP program has also been expanded to include a part-time clinician option. The part-time option allows for the participation of practitioners working 20-39 hours per week, while the fulltime option allows for the participation of practitioners working 40 hours per week in a nonprofit or public entity. Both options also require the practitioner to work a minimum of 45 weeks per year.

The SLRP is a multi-discipline, state-based loan repayment program for practitioners working in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Loan repayment is provided through a federal grant and every award must be matched $1:$1 with funds provided by the practitioner’s employer. Awards range from $5,000-$25,000 per year for two years, depending on discipline and the matching employer contribution.

Practitioners receiving loan repayment must:

  • Ensure individuals at or below 200% of the most recentHHS Poverty Guidelines will receive a schedule of discounts, and individuals with income at or below 100% of the HHS Poverty Guidelines will receive services at a nominal fee or at no charge;
  • Be employed or contracted by a nonprofit or public entity located in a Health Professional Shortage Area;
  • Accept Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program;
  • Commit to working two-years at the practice location in exchange for loan repayment and agree to substantial repayment penalties if the term of service is not completed;
  • Not have concurrent service obligations;
  • Agree to participate in a site visit with staff from the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care during the obligation period.


SLRP Site Application

SLRP Practitioner Application

For SLRP FAQ's click here
First Place
This picture was submitted by Karen Matthews in Bear Lake, Idaho.
"This is a picture of Brenda Jacobson, our yoga instructor.  During the summer, we do a 'Yoga on the Beach' fitness class at Bear Lake with Brenda instructing.  Of all my exercise classes, this one is my absolute favorite!!!  This picture was taken at Fish Haven, Idaho.  Due to our rural nature, we are fortunate to be able to access the beautiful lake and beach."

Second Place
This picture was submitted by Marcia Mormon in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
"Over 48 businesses, and 300 individuals within the local retail stores, grocery stores, offices, and restaurants wore Boundary Community Hospitals' pink t-shirts on the Mayoral Breast Cancer Early Detection Proclamation Day in October.  Those workers who could get away from work attended the Mayoral Proclamation.  This photo was shot at noon at the proclamation.  The mayor, Dave Anderson, is the guy in pink."

Honorable Mention
This picture was submitted by Melissa Hathorn from Weiser, Idaho.
"This photograph represents the experience  and enduring commitment of delicate, working hands of the compassionate, generous, women volunteers of 'The Friends of Weiser Memorial Foundation'.  

The health of individuals is part of what makes a community vibrant and attractive like a rose.  'The Friends of Weiser Memorial Foundation' is like a stem of a rose that creates a strong foundation of support, and, hels to hold a rural community hospital together.  for nearly thirty (30) years, hands like those in this photo have passed-on a tradition of volunteering.  During that time, they have set an example for other women who have joined 'The Friends of Weiser Memorial Foundation', and, who wish to continue that traditional way of expressing true love for our rural community hospital, 'The Friends of Weiser Memorial Foundation' have established an example to be continued by future generations.

'The Friends of Weiser Memorial Foundation' are often unseen and have collectively, quietly, and with enjoyment, dedicated time, talents, finances, and unconditional hard work to preserve the health of people in our rural community.