AHEC Activities

Educating and recruiting

students to health professions from K-12 schools


AHEC Activities

Educating health professions students

in the rural and underserved communities of Hawaii, often in multiprofessional teams


AHEC Activities

Recruiting health care professionals

to rural and underserved areas and providing continuing education


AHEC Activities

Providing community based and community driven education

for all underserved groups in Hawaii.


3001, 2017

Assist with the U.S. Response to Zika and Other Vector-Borne Diseases

  • Join the National Health Service Corps in the Caribbean or the Pacific Islands Apply by April 6th, 2017

Just Announced!  The Zika Response and Preparedness Act (Pub. L. 114-223) provides $6 million for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) awards to clinicians to serve in U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Territory of American Samoa, Territory of Guam, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Federated States of Micronesia) affected by the Zika virus or other vector-borne diseases.

Health care providers can receive up to $70,000 toward educational loan repayment in exchange for a three-year commitment at NHSC-approved sites in the Caribbean and the Pacific. The primary purpose of this funding is to expand the availability of high quality primary care and pediatric subspecialty clinicians to meet the health care needs of those living in U.S. Affiliated Island Areas affected by Zika virus and other vector-borne diseases.

Subject to the availability of funds, loan repayment awards will be made to:

(1) Retain current primary care, behavioral and mental health, allied health, and certain pediatric subspecialty clinicians practicing at NHSC-approved sites in Puerto Rico and other U.S. affiliated Islands.

(2) Extend the service of newly hired primary care, behavioral and mental health, allied health, and pediatric subspecialty clinicians at NHSC-approved sites in the affected areas; and

(3) Recruit to these affected areas new primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, certain pediatric subspecialists, and behavioral and mental health professionals who are completing their residency, fellowship, or other graduate training (as applicable) and who are ready to begin providing clinical care by July 18, 2017.

Find out more at: NHSC Zika Effort Loan Repayment

For additional assistance do not hesitate to contact:

  • For interest in Caribbean sites in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands:
    • Dennis E. González, HHS Acting Regional Director, New York, NY
    • 212-264-4600
    • Wesley Tahsir-Rodriguez, NHSC, New York, NY
  • For Interest in Pacific sites: American Samoa, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands:
2001, 2017

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Health Careers Collaborative Opportunity for NAO Membership
with the Association of American Medical Colleges

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

For a quarter of a century, the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) successfully empowered students underrepresented in the health professions, and provided the proper resources and tools for students to successfully act upon their dreams in specific health careers. In 2016, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) program expanded to include students interested in ALL areas of health care, not just within the medical or dental profession, to provide an interprofessional education focus.

Today, the Summer Health Professions Education Program (formerly SMDEP) sponsored by the AAMC, serves as the free, six-week academic enrichment program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Eligible students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

In our tradition of partnership, the NAO membership has been invited to partner with AAMC to share resource information about the SHPEP opportunity links and program brochure in your service regions, to better support and facilitate access to interested health career students who may benefit.

The AAMC encourages participants to apply and take the opportunity to join this FREE, summer enrichment program that is filled with countless career development opportunities. For more information, click here.

Learn more about the new educational opportunities provided by the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) and apply today at

Students are encouraged to apply early.  Early application deadline is February 1, 2017 and regular applications must be received by March 1, 2017.

Upcoming Webinar
Webinar Date: Thursday, January 26 @ 5:00 PM EST

Event address for attendees to register:

An In-Depth look into the Career-Enrichment Opportunity at the
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Learn the first-hand experience of past Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) scholars who successfully completed the 6-week summer career-enrichment experience! The University of Iowa will also offer great tips and insight to potential applicants eager to apply. Interested participants and potential applicants also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the admissions process.

Register today and join in on the upcoming SHPEP webinar!

2001, 2017

Children’s Environmental Health Symposium

Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii   March 11, 2017

The Hawaii Department of Health and Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit along with partners Environmental Protection Agency Region 9, the University of Hawaii, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, and the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics are sponsoring a free one day symposium focusing on children’s environmental health risks. The symposium will increase knowledge of:
1) environmental burdens commonly found in children;
2) how these burdens can impact children’s health; and
3) what local professionals can do to address children’s environmental health problems in the communities they work with.

Who should attend?
The target audiences for this symposium include: healthcare professionals (i.e., physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners), public health practitioners, and health educators. The symposium will increase the capacity of healthcare practitioners to recognize and address environmental hazards that may affect children’s health.

Symposium Goals
Attendees will:
• increase confidence in addressing environmental exposure in schools and child care.
• increase the capacity of healthcare professionals, public health practitioners and health educators to identify children at risk from exposure to heavy metals.
• be able to identify several environmental exposures associated with adverse health outcomes in children.
• be able to assess respiratory symptoms related to Vog.

The Hawaii Consortium for Continuing Medical Education (HCCME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. HHCME has approved this activity for 6 CME credits.

Registration Link


Speaker Bios

2001, 2017

2017 Application and Program Guidance

national health service corps


Accepting applications through Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. ET

2017 Application and Program Guidance (PDF -401 KB) has the detailed information you need to apply, including eligibility requirements, site information, documentation, and service requirements. Please read carefully before you start your Loan Repayment Program application.

Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. The payment is free from Federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service, so you can quickly pay down your loans.

After completing your initial service commitment, you can apply to extend your service and receive additional loan repayment assistance. The amount you receive and length of your commitment depends on where you serve (service at sites in higher need areas yields greater loan repayments). It also depends on whether you select the full-time or half-time option.

See the 2017 Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 401 KB) for details. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas. Visit the NHSC Jobs Center to see if your site is already approved.

Application Help

NHSC will host a webinar and conference calls to review  the program requirements and answer applicant questions. Dates and times will be sent via email.

About NHSC

The National Health Service Corps helps bring health care to those who need it most. Since 1972, we have been building healthy communities by connecting primary health care providers to areas of the United States with limited access to care.

More than 50,000 primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health professionals have served in the National Health Service Corps since its inception.

New for 2017

  • Clinicians practicing in U.S. Territories effected by Zika: Click here for a special NHSC loan repayment opportunity.
  • 27 new tribal hospitals are now eligible NHSC sites. Read more.

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NHSC Videos


  • NHSC Teaser: Elbowoods Memorial Health Center 
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2001, 2017

FY 2017 Application and Program Guidance for the NHSC Loan Repayment Programs

The Division of the National Health Service Corps (DNHSC) just released the FY 2017 Application and Program Guidance for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program and the NHSC Loan Repayment Program – Zika Response and Preparedness Act.  Both application cycles will close on Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The NHSC Loan Repayment Program awards up to $50,000 (tax-free) to health care professionals to repay their student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at NHSC-approved sites in high-need, underserved area.  An additional continuation award is available with continued service, potentially allowing an LRP award recipient to pay off all of their educational debt.

The NHSC Zika Loan Repayment Program awards up to $70,000 (tax-free) to health care providers who commit to a three-year service contract at NHSC-approved sites in Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories as they work to address the health risks and issues associated with the Zika virus.

Please encourage applicants to visit the NHSC Loan Repayment Program and NHSC Zika Loan Repayment Program webpages to learn more. I also invite you to view this video highlighting the lasting impact of NHSC members at a tribal site in North Dakota and this one highlighting an NHSC site in Puerto Rico.

We appreciate your support in promoting the NHSC Loan Repayment Programs.

1001, 2017

Imbalance, Dizziness and Falls



Pacific University Interprofessional Continuing Ed course on Kauai

Pacific University College of Health Professions is bringing a continuing interprofessional course to the Marriott in Lihue, Kauai, Saturday, January 28, 2017. This interprofessional course titled: Deciphering the Complex Nature of Balance and Vestibular Dysfunction,  is designed to teach as well as encourage application of the content into the clinical practices of participants. Please go to our webpage for more information and to register.

Accreditation: This course has been approved for CE/CME/CCUs from American Academy of Physician Assistants (up to 25 PI-CME for PA and NP), Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (11 CCUs for PT, PTA and ND) and the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (5 credit hours for OD)

1001, 2017

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

nurse-corps caring for communities in need

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

The 2017 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on February 23, 2017.

Click here to apply now.

The purpose of the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (NURSE Corps LRP) is to assist in the recruitment and retention of professional registered nurses (RNs), including advanced practice RNs (APRNs), who are dedicated to working in eligible health care facilities with a critical shortage of nurses or eligible schools of nursing.

We support RNs, APRNs, and nurse faculty by paying up to 85% of their unpaid nursing education debt.

Webinar and Technical Assistance Calls

Watch a pre-recorded webinar.

Join a Technical Assistance Call

Call #1
Saturday, January 21
2:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Dial in: 888-790-1751
Passcode: 3509954

Call #2
Thursday, February 16 
7:00-9:00 p.m. ET
Dial in: 800-369-1747
Passcode: 4128441


Josh Hughes, nurse practitioner

Josh Hughes, nurse practitioner, Tri-Cities Community Health, Pasco, WA


Application and Program Guidance

Fact Sheet

Loan Repayment Programs for Nurses