Health Professions Workforce Programs Open for Applications

The Ohio Department of Health Primary Care Office works to improve access to primary care, dental and mental health services by identifying underserved areas and coordinating state and federal workforce programs to assist in meeting identified community needs. Application cycles recently opened for the following programs:
  • The Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program, the Ohio Dentist Loan Repayment Program, and the Ohio Dental Hygienist Loan Repayment Program assist health professionals in repaying outstanding health professions training debt through full-time or part-time practice in an underserved area for a minimum of two years. Eligible providers include primary care physicians, general or pediatric dentists, and registered dental hygienists who practice at sites that provide services to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. Up to $120,000 may be repaid through four years of service in the programs. Applications for the state loan repayment programs must be postmarked by Feb. 15.
  • The Ohio State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program allows foreign medical graduates to remain in the United States after completing residency/fellowship training in exchange for a three-year commitment to practice full-time in an underserved area. Potential sponsors for the current 2020 application cycle should complete and submit a Notice of Intent to Apply form as soon as possible. Applications for primary care and behavioral health placements will be accepted until June 30. All other applications must be postmarked by March 31.
More information and applications are available here. Questions? Contact the Primary Care Office at (614) 644-8508 or