Option I: Traditional SHARP
SHARP-I is our traditional option, now in its 3rd year. It offers loan repayment for primary care clinicians working in federal HRSA health profession shortage areas (HPSA’s), largely with underserved population. To date, 74 clinicians have received this support-for-service benefit under 2-year contracts, working in a range of primary care medical, behavioral health and dental occupations. Settings include community health centers, tribal health clinics, and community mental health centers, amongst others. SHARP-I is jointly funded at 50% from non-federal sources (State-GF, & & Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority), and 50% from federal HRSA.
Alaska receives its federal HRSA-SLRP support via submission of competitive proposals, in response to federal posting of Requests-for-Proposals (RFP). SHARP has been informed by HRSA-SLRP this it plans to issue its next federal RFP during early 2014. If so, and following review, SHARP may respond to the putative RFP. SHARP has submitted successful HRSA-SLRP proposals twice in prior years. Were that proposal successful, then it’s likely that our Program would be soliciting another round of SHARP-I clinician & site applications during early Summer 2014.