One of the best things about our national network of 3RNet members: they live and work in their states! Our Maryland member, Sadé Diggs, shared some insights and points of interest about her state.
Name: Sadé Diggs
City, State: Baltimore, Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Office of Rural Health
How long have you lived in the state? Why do you choose to live there? I was born and raised here in Maryland. I chose to stay here within the state to be close to my family, for the multiple job opportunities, and countless experiences.
What are the best cultural events that happen in your state? Our state has multiple cultural events throughout the year and they can be found here: https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/foods/html/ethnic.html
Why should a health professional choose your state over surrounding states? There are many opportunities to work in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps) to address the health needs of the state. Maryland's geographic is also very unique because some areas are very metropolitan and city-like areas, while others are more quiet and rural. Maryland also has many beaches, numerous cultural events, and National attractions like the Aquarium or Fort McHenry Monument that families can visit for vacation.
What loan repayment programs does your state have? Anything that makes those programs unique? Our state offers many programs and some of these include the State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP), and the Dent-Care Loan Assistance Repayment Program (MDC-LARP). These programs are all unique because multiple health professions are eligible to apply. In addition to these programs, some healthcare professionals that work within the state are also eligible to apply for federal programs like Nurse Corps or National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for loan repayment.
How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in your state? Originally Maryland accepted J-1 Visa Waiver applications on a first come, first serve basis. However, we updated our J-1 policy to provide slots based on the areas of need within the state. This new policy went into effect August 2017.
Are healthcare professionals valued in your state? Do you have any examples? Yes, our state offers many programs that can be utilized by health professionals to provide loan repayment, waiver slots, or even a tax credit for precepting students. Some of these programs include the State Loan Repayment Program, (SLRP), Preceptor Tax Credit Program, J1-Visa Waiver Program, Dent-Care Loan Assistance Repayment Program (MDC-LARP), and the Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP). In addition to these programs, some healthcare professionals that work within the state are eligible to apply for federal programs like Nurse Corps or National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for loan repayment.
Why do people travel to your state? Many people travel to our state for the multiple job opportunities, uniqueness of location, beaches, National historic attractions and museums, and great seafood.
What sports teams does your state have? Our state has the Baltimore Ravens football team and the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.
What is your favorite local food? My favorite local food is seafood.
What is your state best known for? Our state is known for the Maryland Blue Crab, local beaches, leading health innovation and for historic attractions like Fort McHenry. In addition, our state is also known for the famous Star-Spangled Banner National Anthem and for the musical romantic comedy, Hairspray, that was originally set in Baltimore, Maryland back in 1962.
What is the biggest misconception about your state? The biggest misconception about Maryland is that there is not much to do here and that the state is not rural.
What are the biggest industries in your state? Some of the biggest industries within Maryland include BioHealth & Life Sciences, IT & Cybersecurity, Advanced Manufacturing, Military & Federal, Aerospace & Defense, Financial Services, Energy & Sustainability, and Agribusiness. For more information please see the following link: https://open.maryland.gov/industries/ .
How is the weather/climate in your state? The weather in Maryland is as low as 10 degrees in the winter, as hot as 100 degrees in the summer, and in the middle for the spring and the fall.