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August 19, 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



*New applications for the State Loan Repayment Program are not being accepted at this time. Please check back for updates in the Fall of 2019.


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.

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