Friday, April 25, 2014

State health releases loan repayment program evaluation

The Primary Care Office at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released Improving Access to Primary Care through Educational Loan Repayment for Providers- Retaining Colorado and National Health Service Corps Providers in Coloradoa comprehensive evaluation of loan repayment in Colorado. Access the highlights here.

The Colorado Health Service Corps and National Health Service Corps aim to support long-term retention of health care providers during and after their service obligation. A provider retention focus is essential to the strategy of resolving provider shortages for the long term in Colorado.

Retention of participants in the loan repayment programs is reported as either those who are retained after the completion of their obligation or those who report an intention to stay after the completion of their obligation.

~ 77.6% of program alumni are retained at an eligible clinical site
~ 40.6% of providers anticipate staying one to three years at an eligible clinical site and an additional 34.8% anticipate staying four to eight years
~ 44.3% of providers anticipate continuing to work in underserved settings for 16+ years

If you have questions, please contact the Primary Care Office.

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