- 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
- 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:
Health Careers Collaborative Opportunity for NAO Membership
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) www.shpep.org 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 www.shpep.org.
Students are encouraged to apply early. Early application deadline is February 1, 2017 and regular applications must be received by March 1, 2017.
Event address for attendees to register: https://aamc1.webex.com/aamc1/onstage/g.php?MTID=efddf91e8dca292473f59dd3a65896b66
An In-Depth look into the Career-Enrichment Opportunity at the
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!
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.
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. https://www.pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-health-professions/continuing-education/live-courses-conferences/deciphering-complex-nature-balance-and-vestibular-dysfunction
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)