Dear DHS Health Care Professional,

The Health Professions Education Foundation improves access to healthcare in underserved areas of California by providing scholarships, loan repayments, and programs to health professional students and graduates. In return, recipients agree to provide direct patient care in a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for a period of one to four years.  For a list of MUA or HPSA facilities, please visit OSHPD at http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage.

From July 1 through October 1, 2013, scholarship and loan repayment applications will be available for electronic submittal at http://calreach.oshpd.ca.gov. The Foundation administers 13 scholarship and loan repayment programs for students and health providers.  For additional information, please visit http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/HPEF/

If you have questions, regarding the application requirements and process, please contact:

Physicians: Judith Melson   916-326-3648
Registered Nurses: Charlene Almazan   916-326-3651
Mental Health Providers: Brent Houser, Kulwinder Kaur or Margarita Miranda   916-326-3694
Allied Health Workers or Vocational Nurses: Meaghan Harrington   916-326-3654
Other Health Professions: Meaghan Harrington   916-326-3654

We encourage all eligible applicants to take advantage of this program.