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Ashley Colwell

Illinois 3RNET Network Coordinator

Tel: 217-541-7309

“Illinois offers a diverse population with access to both large cities and rural communities. You can choose to work in the city and live in the country, settle in downtown Chicago, or live in love work in small-town Illinois. Illinois really offers the best of both worlds.”

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How I can help your job search:

If you are a health care professional interested in living and working in Illinois, Ashley can:

  • Answer questions you may have about current job openings across Illinois
  • Guide you on how the National Health Service Corps works in Illinois
  • Provide information on Illinois-specific loan repayment programs
  • Help you navigate the J-1 Visa Waiver process in Illinois
  • Tell you more about Illinois’s state-specific incentives for health care professionals

Ashley is an employee of the Illinois Primary Care Association. She and her organization coordinate 3RNET activities in Illinois.

An additional contact in Illinois is Kristen Nolen, Illinois Department of Public Health. She can be reached at 

Behavioral Health Resources in Illinois

Behavioral Health Resources in Illinois

Job search support is provided for the following behavioral health disciplines:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatrist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Addiction Medicine Physician

Additional Resources:

Incentive programs for behavioral health professionals:

Pipeline and pathway programs into behavioral health fields:

Behavioral Health Workforce Recruitment Contact in Illinois:

Ashley Colwell
Illinois Primary Health Care Association
Tel: 217-541-7309 

J-1 Visas in Illinois

J-1 Visas in Illinois

If you want to obtain a J-1 Visa Waiver in Illinois, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Start your job search about 18 months prior to when you want to start working.
  2. Find a job at an eligible J-1 site in our state. You can search for J-1 eligible jobs on 3RNET. Start your J-1 job search in Illinois now.
  3. Connect with the J-1 contact to ask questions and learn about additional steps you may need to take.

Assistance is available to prospective applicants for the Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver program.  The Illinois Department of Public Health does not maintain a registry of available positions nor does it recruit providers for medical facilities.

Waiver applications are accepted from October 1 through October 31 of each year.  If waiver positions exist after the October 31 submission deadline, new applications are accepted from January 1 through January 31. 

Illinois State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program Application

J-1 Visa Contact in Illinois:

Kandice Kent
Illinois Department of Public Health
Tel: 217-782-1624 

Health Care Employers in Illinois

Health Care Employers in Illinois

You'll find jobs on 3RNET from these types of health care employers in Illinois:

  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
  • Community Health Centers (CHCs)
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
  • Community Hopsitals
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics
  • Community Outpatient Behavioral Health Agencies
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facilities
  • State Mental Health Hospitals
  • Private Practices
  • Indian Health Service Sites
  • National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment sites
  • National Health Service Corps Scholar sites
Job Resources for Illinois

Job Resources for Illinois

We’re here to help. 3RNET has several resources for health professionals searching for a job:

Illinois's state-specific job resources for health care professionals:

Learn more about Illinois:

For Illinois Employers

For Illinois Employers

If you’re a health care employer in Illinois and you’d like to post your jobs on 3RNET, please fill out our employer application form which will be sent to the Illinois Network Coordinator.

If you have specific questions about using 3RNET in Illinois, please contact 3RNET’s Illinois Network Coordinator, Kristen Nolen.