Alaska's SHARP Program:
Providing Support-for-Service to Health Care Practitioners
IMPORTANT NOTICE: SHARP Program
The SHARP Program loan repayment application opportunity, SHARP-I 2014, is currently open and will remain open through Friday December 5, 2014.
IMPORTANT: Download the application to your computer before you begin. Information you enter may not be saved to the application otherwise.
Section I (Practitioner application and loan information) has three components:
- Fillable .pdf form - Fill in the .pdf application form electronically and save your information using the free Adobe Reader software. Do not print and scan the form.
- Loan verification form – Fill out top portion (page 9 of .pdf), print, give to lender or loan servicing agencyto fill and return to you, and scan (a completed form for each lender)
- Signature page – Print, sign, and scan (last page of .pdf).
Attach the three completed attachments to a single email with the subject line: “SHARP Application [Last Name]” to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 p.m. Alaska Time on December 5, 2014.
Attention Interested Employer Sites:
Employer Sites will use the SHARP-I 2014 site application to apply for the program. All SHARP-I 2014 practitioner applications require a corresponding employer application. Eligible employer sites for this program must be in federal Health Professional Shortage Areas. If you have previously submitted a SHARP-I site application you only need to provide a signed Attestation Page. SHARP-I 2014 requires a 25 percent employer match. The due date for the site application is December 22 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time.
SHARP-I 2014 Site Application
SHARP-I 2014 Attestation Page
The SHARP-I 2014 practitioner solicitation (SHARP-I 2014) will open through Friday 12/05/14, at 5:00 pm (Alaska Time). See the Public Notice.
Six statewide teleconferences are scheduled for interested parties to learn more about SHARP, and to receive technical assistance. The teleconference call-in number is (800) 944-8766, then pass-code: 18105. Dates & times follow:
Teleconference schedule for interested Clinicians:
10-14-14 – Tuesday (9:00-10:00 am)
11-12-14 – Wednesday (5:00-6:00 pm)
12-04-14 – Thursday (12:00-1:00 pm)
Teleconference schedule for interested Sites:
10-03-14 – Friday (11:00 – 12:00 noon)
11-07-14 – Friday (11:00 – 12:00 noon)
12-05-14 – Friday (11:00 – 12:00 noon
For more information, please see:
SHARP Employer Sites Seeking Clinicians
Employer Sites Seeking Clinicians provides a list of employer sites that are eligible under the SHARP-I 2014 Program. The list is arranged by occupation category.
- We do not expect a clinician application period opening during remainder of 2014.
We recommend that all interested persons check this website for program updates every monthy or so. Any questions about all matters regarding SHARP should be directed to:
Learn More about SHARP-II
The purpose of SHARP is to address the shortage of certain health professionals in the state by increasing the number and improving the distribution of healthcare professionals who provide direct patient care. The SHARP program seeks to recruit and retain selected health care professionals to serve in designated healthcare shortage areas in exchange for the repayment of qualifying education loans and/or payment of direct incentive.
SHARP-II provides loan repayment and direct incentive. Both full-time and half-time contract options are available. After an initial three years of service, those clinicians in good standing may gain the opportunity for another three-year contract (renewal).
- Tier-1: Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists
- Tier-2: Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, RN-Level Nurse, Physical Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, and Dental Hygienists
SHARP-II has certain stipulations, a key one being that holding a concurrent service obligation with virtually any other entity is specifically disallowed (e.g., NHSC, I.H.S., and so on). Another key stipulation is that each participating Site must contribute a partial employer match to its clinician’s support-for-service payment, although reduction of this required match amount may be possible in some circumstances. Further, all participating Sites must be within Alaska-designated health care service shortage areas (HCSSAs). Sites must accept patients who receive Medicaid or Medicare, and the uninsured on a sliding fee basis. Under SHARP-II a significantly expanded range of facilities may become designated as eligible practice Sites.
To request additional information about the SHARP Program, please fill out the SHARP Inquiry Form.
- Robert Sewell, Program Manager
Alaska Division of Public Health
Section of Health Planning & Systems Development
P.O. Box 110610
Juneau, AK 99811-0610
Phone: (907) 465-4065