The Health Care Workforce Center (HCWC) and the State Office of Rural Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announce federal HPSA designation for primary care (medical) in Buckland, Charlemont, Greenfield, Heath, Monroe, Montague, Rowe, and Shelburne effective September 30, 2015.

A HPSA designation by the federal Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) provides incentives to certain providers who serve low income populations (where greater than 30% of residents have incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level). As this is a low-income designation, only those providers serving a low-income population are eligible for incentives.
Eligible providers may apply for loan repayment assistance under the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program (MLRP) for health professionals, and for J1-visa waiver status (specific to foreign trained physicians). At this time this area is not competitive for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) awards because of this PC-HPSA’s low need score of 8.

For full details of benefits, please see on our HCWC website, and on the HRSAwebsite. (Thanks to Cheryl Dukes for this information.)

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