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Health Care Sites

Why use the SHARP program?

  • Practitioners often have substantial debt-loads.
  • Many clinicians seek employment with agencies that offer loan repayment and other incentives.
  • The SHARP benefit is tax-free.
  • The agency does not incur additional costs for the loan repayment opportunity.

Who is eligible?

The program is open to eligible health-care sites in Health Profession Shortage Areas seeking practitioners in three fields with provider shortages — primary care, dental services and behavioral health. For more information, please see the definition of "Eligibl/dph/healthplanning/sharp/assets/SHARP-MOA.pdf#nameddest=SectionVIIe Sites":

Site Stipulations

For more information about the terms that the site must agree to, please see:

How does a site get on the Eligible Sites list?

Submit the Site Application or contact Robert Sewell, Program Manager at (907) 465-4065.

What is the time commitment required?

Participating Clinicians sign a contract for a minimum two-year practice commitment with the health-care site. Practitioners are full-time employees (40 hours per week) or part-time employees (20-39 hours per week), with no more than 35 days vacation per year. There are severe penalties for default on contracts.

For additional information about how the length of service requirement is defined, please refer to:

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