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Programs Using Shortage Designations

National Health Services Corps Scholarship & Loan Repayment Program

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs are competitive federal programs which provide service-obligated scholarships and loan repayment to assist in the development, recruitment, and retention of community responsive, culturally competent, primary care providers to serve people in health professional shortage areas.

Applications for National Service Corps Recruitment and Retention Service Site Recommendation are processed by the Indiana Primary Health Care Association. The Primary Care Office forwards them to the NHSC for final determination.


J-1 Visa Waivers

The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants J-1 visa waivers after a review by the US State Department.

  • ISDH may recommend 30 waivers a year for J-1 physicians who otherwise must to return to their home country for a period of two years after completing graduate medical studies.   
  • The recipients are obligated to 3 years service in a designated underserved area (HPSA or MUA/P).
  • For more information see the document, "J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines and Requirements" below.

For essential forms and for the waiver requirements click on the following links:

2014-15 J-1 Visa Waiver Application Cover Sheet

2014-15 J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines and Requirements

2014-15 J-1 Visa Waiver Affidavit and Agreement

2014-15 J-1 Visa Waiver Verification of Employment 

National Interest Waivers

ISDH will issue recommendation letters for National Interest Waivers (NIW). To see the documents required, in order for the ISDH to write a recommendation letter click on this link:  ISDH NIW Requirements

NHSC and J-1 Visa Waiver Program Contact:

Natalie Morrison, MPH
J-1 Visa/NHSC Consultant
Indiana Primary Health Care Association
429 N. Pennsylvania St, Suite 333
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Ph: (765) 918-4431 / Fax: (317) 630-0849

State Loan Repayment Program

The Indiana Health Care Professional Recruitment and Retention Fund Program (IHCPRRF) provides loan repayment for student loans incurred by health care professionals to encourage the full-time delivery of health care in shortage areas. The IHCPRRF program provides an incentive for psychiatrists, alcohol, and substance use counselors and practitioners in related disciplines to practice in a specific, federally designated Indiana region experiencing high numbers of opioid deaths. Priority counties include Blackford, Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Switzerland, Union and Wayne. Although priority counties have been identifyed, all qualifying providers in any county are encouraged to apply. The program is administered by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Division of Chronic Disease, Primary Care and Rural Health.

The project has grant opportunities for professional loan repayments to qualifying providers in mental health and addiction-related disciplines first, followed by primary care physicians, who are also in short supply. The plan calls for 30 awards for each year of the four-year grant period. An advisory committee, with the Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction and the Indiana Hospital Association as partners, will be formed to help with project development and grant awards by September 2019.

SLRP Program Contact:

Lacy K. Foy
Primary Care Office Manager
Indiana State Department of Health
2 N. Meridian St., 6B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-234-5673 / Fax: (317) 233-7805

Rural Health Clinics

It is necessary to contact the Primary Care Office Manager to determine if an address is in a proper Shortage Designation.

Location Information Contact   

Rural Health Clinic Certification Program

Designation Verification Letter Contact