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Health Indicator Report of UDOH Support for Health Professional Education (Grants Program)

The Division of Family Health and Preparedness, Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, supports the Utah Health Care Work Force Financial Assistance Program (26-46, UCA). The program is funded with non-lapsing state general funds. The Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program also supports activities of the federal Primary Care Office Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program. The Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program was created to provide professional education scholarships and loan repayment assistance to health care professionals who locate or continue to practice in underserved areas of Utah. The purpose of the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program is to increase and maintain the number of health care professionals practicing in rural and underserved areas of Utah.

Health Professional Education Loan Repayment Grants: Number of Grants Awarded by Profession and Fiscal Year, Utah, FY07-FY16

Data Source

Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, Utah Department of Health

Definition

Number of grants and total funds awarded for health professional educational loan repayment. The name of the program is the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program.

Numerator

Number of grants and total funds awarded for health professional educational loan repayment.

Denominator

Not applicable.

Healthy People Objective AHS-4:

(Developmental) Increase the number of practicing primary care providers
U.S. Target: Not applicable

Other Objectives

The Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program supports increased access to health care services in rural and underserved communities by awarding service based educational loan repayment to needed health professionals. The Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program directly impacts the Utah Department of Health goal of access to high quality, affordable health care by working to support primary care to rural and urban underserved populations. By supporting the primary care infrastructure in rural Utah, the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program indirectly supports the goals of healthy behaviors and safe communities. The Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program also supports the Utah Department of Health in its efforts to comply with the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) vision of a society in which all people live long, healthy lives. The Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program embraces the four overarching goals of HP2020 to attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death; achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups; create social and physical environments that promote good health for all and; promote quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages. The Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program activities are consistent with Utah Department of Health goals and objectives including assistance in recruitment of health professional students and practitioners to work in medically underserved areas of Utah.

How Are We Doing?

Since 1990, health professionals recruited to work in medically underserved areas of Utah cover 28 of Utah's 29 counties, and include: 23 dentists, 53 mental health therapists, 203 nurses, 84 physicians, and 30 physician assistants. The Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program also assisted in the activities associated with the federally funded programs (Primary Care Office and State Office of Rural Health for National Health Service Corps placements and the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program). The Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program assists up to 30 foreign medical graduates recruited to Utah medically underserved areas annually. Through the federally funded Primary Care Office grant, Utah has assured health professional shortage area (HPSA) designation of primary care medical, oral health, and mental health areas. This shortage designation is a "shortage of physicians serving underserved populations", not a shortage of physicians. Twenty-four (24) of 29 counties have a full-county or partial-county oral health HPSA designation, 26 of 29 counties have a full-county or partial-county primary care medical HPSA designation, and 29 of the 29 counties have a full-county or partial-county mental health HPSA designation. HPSA designations are completed on a three-year cycle for each of the three different types of designations (primary care medical, oral health, and mental health) and are expected to remain consistent in the future. The goals and objectives set in the federally funded programs awarded have included the following activities: 1) since 1972 assistance to 27 of Utah's 29 counties in placing 690 National Health Service Corps scholars and loan repayment recipients to provide primary health care services to Utah's medically underserved populations, through the Primary Care Office and State Office of Rural Health grant.

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Health Care Work Force Financial Assistance Program will increase and maintain the number of health care professionals practicing in rural and underserved areas of Utah through educational loan repayment assistance grants when funding is available. Educational loan repayment assistance grants have assisted in retaining Utah health care professionals working in rural and underserved areas of Utah after completion of their service obligation to the state.

Available Services

Utah Health Care Work Force Financial Assistance Program[[br]] Office of Primary Care and Rural Health[[br]] Division of Family Health and Preparedness[[br]] Utah Department of Health[[br]] P.O. Box 142005[[br]] Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2005[[br]] (801) 273-6618[[br]] FAX: (801) 273-4146[[br]] Web: [http://health.utah.gov/primarycare/]
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