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Grant Applications Accepted Through September 15, 2021 to Provide for the Increased Availability of Primary Healthcare Services in Health Professional Shortage Areas

Pursuant to the U.S. Public Health Services Act Title III, Section 338 (A)-(I) (42 U.S.C. Section 254q-1(a)-(i)), the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) will consider applications to provide for the increased availability of primary healthcare services in health professional shortage areas. 

OSHPD works to increase and diversify California’s healthcare workforce through the Healthcare Workforce Development Division (HWDD).  The State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) provides loan repayment assistance to healthcare professionals who provide healthcare services in federally designated California Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA).

SLRP assists with the repayment of qualified educational loans for eligible primary health care professionals in exchange for a two-year full-time or four-year half-time initial service commitment.  Additional one-year extensions are available following successful completion of the initial service commitment.

Providers must work at an approved SLRP practice site (see the SLRP Practice Sites List).  To host SLRP providers, the practice site must:

  • Be located in a HPSA.
  • Match the award on a dollar-for-dollar basis with non-federal contributions.
  • Pay the provider a prevailing wage.
  • Be a public or private not-for-profit out-patient facility.
  • Provide services on a free or reduced fee schedule basis to individuals at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
  • Complete and submit a practice site profile.

If your site is not on the SLRP Practice Site List and you believe your site should eligible, please have your organization contact SLRP at

Pursuant to Chapter 454 of 2016 (AB 2048), effective January 1, 2017, the SLRP Practice Sites List includes all Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) located in California.  FQHCs must also submit a practice site profile to confirm their ability to provide the award match.

OSHPD requires all practice sites actively participating in SLRP to submit a practice site profile, and confirm they understand the program’s match requirements.  To confirm your practice site’s status, please contact your organization’s adminstration staff or contact SLRP grant administration staff.

Service years and award amounts for full-time/half-time initial and extension grants may vary from year to year; The amounts are subject to change based upon federal requirements.

Current Obligation YearFull-Time Maximum Award (after match)Half-Time Maximum Award (after match)
Initial Obligation
(2-year or 4-year)
Extension Year 1$20,000.00$10,000.00
Extension Year 2$20,000.00$10,000.00
Extension Year 3$10,000.00$5,000.00
Extension Year 4$10,000.00$5,000.00

The grantee’s site or organization is required to match the awarded grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $25,000 per provider.  The award amount may vary based on the provider’s eligible debt and other factors. The provider will need to consult with their practice site or organization to determine if the site will provide the award match.

Application Release Date: 07/15/2021 3:00 PMClose Date: 09/15/2021 3:00 PM

Provider Eligibility Requirements:

As an eligible provider, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen (U.S. born or naturalized)
  • Possess a valid and unrestricted license to practice your profession in California.
  • Be free of judgments arising from federal debt.
  • Not have any other existing service obligations with other entities.
  • Not be in breach of any otther health professional service obligation.
  • Be current on any child support payments.
  • Be employed at or have accepted employment at a SLRP-approved Practice Site (See Practice Site Eligibility section for more details).
  • Commit to providing a 2-year full-time (40 hours/week) or 4-year half-time (20 hours/week)

Eligible Disciplines

SLRP partcipants must possess an active and valid license (without restrictions or encumbrance) to practice in one of the following eligible disciplines:

  • Medicine (MD/DO)
  • Dentist (DMD/DDS)
  • Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Primary Care Phsyician Assistant (PA)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
  • Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
  • Health Service Psychologist (HSP), formerly Clinical or Counseling Psychologist
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Psychiatric Nurse Specialist (PNS)
  • Pharmacist (PharmD) (Please review Additional Pharmacist Guidelines)

Approved Primary Care Specialties for Physicians

  • Family Medicine
  • General Internal Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Gerontology
  • General Psychiatry
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology

Approved Primary Care Specialties for Nurse Practitoners and Physician Assistants

  • Adult
  • Family
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry/Mental health
  • Geriatrics
  • Women’s health

Privacy Policy:

The California Information Practices Act of 1977 (Civil Code §1798 et seq.) requires this program to provide the following notice to individuals who are asked to provide personal information.  The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) and the Healthcare Workforce Development Division (HWDD) request personal information as part of this program application.  The principal purposes for which the information will be used are verification of identification, establishment of eligibility, and program administration.  The HPEF program statutes (Health and Safety Code §128330 et seq.) authorize the collection and maintenance of personal information from program applicants and participants.  All requested information is required unless it is specifically identified as voluntary.  Failure to provide any required information may result in the application being deemed incomplete, and the applicant ineligible for the program.

Each individual has a right to access records containing their personal information that are maintained by OSHPD and HWDD.  The Deputy Director, HWDD, (2020 W. El Camino Avenue, Suite 1200, Sacramento, CA, 95833, 916-326-3700) is responsible for the system of records and will, upon request, inform an individual of the location of their records and the categories of any persons who use the information in those records.

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