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Loan Repayments Recruit and Retain Medical Providers for North Dakota

June 23, 2017

Recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals in North Dakota are top priorities for the wellbeing of our state’s economy. North Dakota communities, especially rural towns, depend on local healthcare facilities for local access to care and employment. Recruiting and retaining a vibrant healthcare workforce is key to keeping rural facilities strong.


The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and the Center for Rural Health, UND, School of Medicine and Health Sciences have partnered to provide services for workforce development and availability to improve primary care service delivery in the state. This partnership also facilitates and supports the recruitment and retention of critical healthcare providers through loan repayment programs.


There are four basic loan repayment options for healthcare professionals that the NDDoH and the Center for Rural Health support and manage.
They include:

  1. The North Dakota Health Care Professional Student Loan Repayment Program – supported by state funds

  2. The federally-funded State Loan Repayment Program which requires a cost share with the community

  3. The National Health Service Corp – funded through the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

  4. NURSE Corps – funded through HRSA

Each of these loan repayment programs focus on recruiting and retaining a strong healthcare workforce for rural and underserved areas of the state. Healthcare professionals or healthcare facilities interested in learning more about each of these options may reach out to either Stacy Kusler, Workforce Specialist with the Center for Rural Health at or Bobbie Will, Primary Care Office, Director with the North Dakota Department of Health at

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