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July 16, 2018


The Rural Health Care Access Program (RHCAP) helps rural Idaho communities improve access to primary medical and dental health care through grants assistance. "Improving access to health care" includes removing barriers that prevent people from obtaining healthcare, strengthening healthcare systems, and developing partnerships to better serve communities. Grants of up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of one year may be awarded to eligible entities serving areas designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas. Applicants may submit grant proposals that improve access to healthcare in any of the three assistance categories:Telehealth projectsCommunity development projectsOther: Loan repayment for primary/dental care providers, recruitment incentive, and/or reimbursement of relocation expenses for primary/dental care providers. Applicants must be a non-profit organization registered with the Idaho Secretary of State or government organization. Individuals may not apply for RHCAP funds.  The application cycle begins on July 1 of each year and ends on August 30 of that same year.


FY19 RHCAP Grant Guidance


The Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP) was successfully transitioned from the Office of the State Board of Education to the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care. RPIP provides loan repayment for qualifying physicians serving Health Professional Shortage Areas in Idaho. The program is focused on physicians providing primary care medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. RPIP is funded by fees assessed to physicians attending the University of Washington and University of Utah medical schools in state-supported seats. Physicians may receive a maximum of $100,000 over a four year period toward their academic debt. Preference is given to eligible physicians who paid into the RPIP fund, however, funding is not limited to these candidates. RPIP award decisions are made by the Health Care Access and Physician Incentive Grant Review Board. The application cycle begins on July 1 of each year and ends on August 30 of that same year.


FY19 RPIP Application



The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, through the Statewide  ealthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP), is offering a FREE Community Health Worker (CHW) training program in collaboration with Idaho State University. This is the last training opportunity that will be offered at no cost to individuals accepted into the program. The application and registration period is now open and space is available.


Click HERE for more information.

Please join us at the 2018 Idaho Community Health Worker (CHW) Learning Collaborative Wednesday, July 25th at Idaho State University Meridian Campus.

Topics include: Care Coordination, CHW Scope of Practice, CHW Program Sustainability, Diabetes Management, Oral Health, and much more.

This is a full-day free event for participants to enjoy skill building and networking.


For more information click here.

*New applications for the State Loan Repayment Program are not being accepted at this time. Please check back for updates, or contact the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care at to be notified when the application cycle resumes.*

SLRP is a multi-discipline, state-based loan repayment program for nurses, clinicians, and physicians working in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Loan repayment is provided through a federal grant, every award must be matched $1 to $1 with funds provided by the practitioner’s employer. Participating sites must implement a sliding fee scale for low income and uninsured patients and accept Medicare and Medicaid. Loan repayment awards may range from $2,500-$25,000 per year depending on employer contribution. A service obligation is required and sites must submit biannual reports during the funding period. Participants currently receiving loan repayment and fulfilling a service obligation are not eligible.

Practitioners receiving loan repayment must:

  • Ensure individuals at or below 200% of the most recent HHS 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 fulfilling the minimum service obligation at the practice location in exchange for loan repayment and agree to substantial repayment penalties if the term of service is not completed (Full-time practitioners minimum 2 year service obligation);
  • 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.
For SLRP FAQ please Click Here


CLICK HERE Appendix Z Guidelines

CLICK HERE Webinar Slides


CLICK HERE CAH Inpatient Plan Template

CLICK HERE After-Action Report/Improvement Plan

CLICK HERE Job Action Sheet Template 

CLICK HERE Helpful General Emergency Preparedness Resources

There are 7 Regional Healthcare Disaster Preparedness Coalitions in Idaho grouped by county.  Idaho’s Regional Healthcare Coalitions assist with healthcare facility questions on emergency preparedness and response.  

CLICK HERE for the Map and contact information for each of the Regional Healthcare Coalitions. 

The Idaho J-1 Visa Waiver Program has been expanded to allow qualifying Idaho healthcare facilities to submit waiver applications for specialist physicians and physician placements in areas without a federal shortage area designation. 

For detailed information and program requirements, please review the Idaho J-1 Visa Waiver Program page or contact the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care at 208-334-0669 or by email at