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

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.

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.

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, 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.

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/]


Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

Populations served by health professionals awarded grant funding under the Utah Health Care Work Force Financial Assistance Program include: special populations (HIV/AIDS patients, clients 17 years old and younger, clients 65 years old and older, ethnic minority population(s), and/or migrant/seasonal farmworkers) and sites serving a large proportion of patients who meet the following criteria - CHIP patients, PCN patients, Medicaid patients, Medicare patients, and patients who have no insurance/self-pay.

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Graphical Data Views

Health Professional Education Loan Repayment Grants: Amount Awarded by Profession and Fiscal Year, Utah, FY07-FY17

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Physician Asst., Physician, Mental Health, Nurse, DentistFiscal YearFunds Awarded
Record Count: 55
Physician Asst.2007$104,000
Physician Asst.2008$24,000
Physician Asst.2009$70,240
Physician Asst.2010$33,500
Physician Asst.2011$0
Physician Asst.2012$0
Physician Asst.2013$0
Physician Asst.2014$0
Physician Asst.2015$0
Physician Asst.2016$97,681
Physician Asst.2017$60,000
Physician2007$155,000
Physician2008$210,000
Physician2009$90,000
Physician2010$86,000
Physician2011$0
Physician2012$0
Physician2013$0
Physician2014$0
Physician2015$0
Physician2016$100,000
Physician2017$330,000
Mental Health2007$42,000
Mental Health2008$24,000
Mental Health2009$48,000
Mental Health2010$61,400
Mental Health2011$0
Mental Health2012$0
Mental Health2013$0
Mental Health2014$0
Mental Health2015$0
Mental Health2016$0
Mental Health2017$9,273
Nurse2007$163,000
Nurse2008$123,000
Nurse2009$298,900
Nurse2010$230,950
Nurse2011$0
Nurse2012$0
Nurse2013$0
Nurse2014$0
Nurse2015$0
Nurse2016$60,000
Nurse2017$79,000
Dentist2007$42,000
Dentist2008$60,000
Dentist2009$60,000
Dentist2010$60,000
Dentist2011$0
Dentist2012$0
Dentist2013$0
Dentist2014$0
Dentist2015$0
Dentist2016$50,000
Dentist2017$0

Data Source

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


Health Professional Education Loan Repayment Grants: Number of Grants Awarded by Profession and Fiscal Year, Utah, FY07-FY17

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Physician Asst., Physician, Mental Health, Nurse, DentistFiscal YearNumber of Grants
Record Count: 55
Physician Asst.20076
Physician Asst.20081
Physician Asst.20094
Physician Asst.20102
Physician Asst.20110
Physician Asst.20120
Physician Asst.20130
Physician Asst.20140
Physician Asst.20150
Physician Asst.20164
Physician Asst.20172
Physician20075
Physician20088
Physician20092
Physician20103
Physician20110
Physician20120
Physician20130
Physician20140
Physician20150
Physician20163
Physician201710
Mental Health20074
Mental Health20081
Mental Health20093
Mental Health20103
Mental Health20110
Mental Health20120
Mental Health20130
Mental Health20140
Mental Health20150
Mental Health20160
Mental Health20171
Nurse200712
Nurse20088
Nurse200916
Nurse201013
Nurse20110
Nurse20120
Nurse20130
Nurse20140
Nurse20150
Nurse20162
Nurse20174
Dentist20073
Dentist20082
Dentist20092
Dentist20102
Dentist20110
Dentist20120
Dentist20130
Dentist20140
Dentist20150
Dentist20161
Dentist20170

Data Source

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

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