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Nebraska has many options if you’re considering working in a rural or underserved area. We’ve compiled information on several pertinent recruitment and retention topics from the Nebraska Office of Rural Health’s website including information on:


  • Recruitment and Retention Assistance in Nebraska
  • State-Funded Student Loan and Loan Repayment Programs
  • Federal Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs
  • State and Federal Shortage Areas
  • Nebraska's State 30 J1 Visa Waiver Program
  • Health Care Facilities Designated to Serve Underserved Areas or Populations

To learn more about any of these Nebraska programs, please contact our Nebraska 3RNet member, Tom Rauner.



Recruitment & Retention Assistance in Nebraska

There are a number of programs available to assist rural or underserved communities and candidates to make a job opportunity match. 



If you’re a job seeker, you may view job opportunities posted by Nebraska communities on the web page and contact the individual at the local community/clinic.  The Office of Rural Health staff is available to provide information to both the recruiting community and the candidates.



The Office of Rural Health staff will provide assistance with a variety of questions you may have regarding the recruitment and retention process. 



State-Funded Student Loan & Loan Repayment Programs

Nebraska has two long running programs for health professionals interested in working in underserved areas.



The Nebraska Student Loan Program awards student loans to medical, physician assistant, dental and graduate-level mental health students attending school in Nebraska.  These students must be Nebraska residents and agree to practice one year in a state-designated shortage area for each year a loan is received.



The Nebraska Loan Repayment Program helps qualified health professionals pay their education debts.  It requires a 50 percent local match with state funds, with an annual maximum of $40,000.


The Nebraska Loan Repayment Program requires a three-year practice obligation in a state-designated shortage area.


Federal Scholarship & Loan Repayment Programs

Federal scholarship and loan repayment programs are available through the National Health Service Corps


The National Health Service Corps works to help medically underserved communities recruit and retain primary care clinicians.  These clinicians include primary health care providers, dental providers and mental and behavioral health professionals.



In Nebraska, there are currently 50 National Health Service Corps providers under obligation who are providing services in underserved areas. 


State & Federal Shortage Areas

There are a variety of state and federal programs which require a shortage area designation for one to be eligible to participate.  The Office of Rural Health provides the most up-to-date information on designations in Nebraska.


State 30 J1 Visa Waiver Program

The Nebraska State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program is a voluntary program administered within the Office of Rural Health.  The program is intended to help provide federal shortage areas with physician services where U.S. trained physicians will not locate.



Communities may submit applications which meet the Nebraska State 30 J-1 waiver guidelines.  The applications are reviewed by the Office of Rural Health, and then are sponsored or denied by the Health and Human Services Chief Medical Officer.


The review and sponsorship decision by the State of Nebraska is determined within two weeks and the review and approval process by the Department of State and Citizenship and Immigration Service takes approximately four months. 


Health Care Facilities Designated to Serve Underserved Areas or Populations

Medicare-certified Rural Health Clinics, Community and Migrant Health Centers, and Indian Health Service funded clinics are types of health clinics which are located in federal shortage areas to enhance access to health care services.



Medicare-certified rural health clinics are created to serve rural underserved areas with affordable and accessible primary health care services.  To learn more about Medicare-certified rural health clinics visit the National Association of Rural Health Clinics web site http://www.narhc.org/.



Community and Migrant Health Centers exist to provide affordable, accessible and acceptable primary health care in Nebraska. To learn more about Community and Migrant Health Centers visit the Nebraska Primary Care Association web site http://hcanebraska.org.



Community and Migrant Health Centers are designated as Federally Qualified Health Centers.



Indian Health Service clinics are established to serve Native American tribal populations residing on and off reservation land with culturally appropriate primary health care services.  To learn more about Indian Health Service clinics visit the Indian Health Services web site http://www.ihs.gov/.   Indian Health Service clinics are designated as Federally Qualified Health Centers.





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