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

Why Is This Important?

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-FY17

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Data Source

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

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, 54 mental health therapists, 207 nurses, 94 physicians, and 32 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, 27 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 grants.

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.

Healthy People Objective: (Developmental) Increase the number of practicing primary care providers

U.S. Target: Not applicable

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 12/05/2017


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Content updated: Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:08:04 MST