Indiana Department of Health 2 North Meridian, 6B Indianapolis, Indiana 46220 Project Director Name: Ann Alley Contact Phone Numbers: Office: 317-233-7451, Cell: 317-605-6016 Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Funds requested: $1,000,000 The purpose of the State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) administered by the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) is to increase the number of primary care, mental health and dental health professionals practicing in Indiana Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) to improve access to care. The SLRP is designed to increase workforce capacity in Indiana HPSAs while providing the clinician with a loan repayment incentive. The Indiana State Loan Repayment Program strategy will deprioritize the areas with the highest scores to complement rather than duplicate opportunities of the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment program (NHSC). As such, the Indiana State Loan Repayment program will prioritize counties with scores lower than what the NHSC determines is competitive. We will concentrate marketing efforts in HPSAs with scores from 0 -11 for primary care, 0-13 for mental health and 0-14 for dental. In addition to using HPSA scores for prioritizing marketing and awards, Indiana will use the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to capture social determinants of health status to further refine outreach and application targets. The SLRP team will target the disciplines below, using an Advisory Committee which includes representatives from primary care, mental health, rural health, and higher education for outreach and marketing of the program. We will address all three HPSA types (primary care, mental health, and dental) and concentrate on filling gaps in care using HPSA scores and the SVI to prioritize awards. • MD/DO Allopathic/Osteopathic Medicine • Obstetrics and Gynecology • General Psychiatry • DDS/DMD: General and Pediatric Dentistry • Certified Nurse Midwife • Physician Assistant • Health Service Psycho
logist (clinical and counseling) • Marriage and Family Therapist Priority will also be given to applicants practicing in rural counties of Indiana which compose almost half of the state and have greater challenges regarding workforce recruitment and retention than their metropolitan counterparts. The program will be in the Indiana Department of Health’s Chronic Disease, Primary Care, and Rural Health Division that also houses the Office of Primary Care, and Office of Rural Health. Key program staff consists of a Project Director, SLRP Program Manager, Primary Care Office Manager, and a Data and Web Support Specialist. Administrative and financial support will be provided by the division’s Contract and Grants Manager and the IDOH Finance Division. The program will fund 45 applicants at $20,000 for a two-year commitment. Awardees may re-apply for another two-year commitment period if the previous commitment was fulfilled.