Rebecca Ruiz
Tel: 520-626-2243


Arizona is recognized for its ongoing innovation in numerous fields including medicine, biosciences, agriculture, and technology; high quality of life; beautiful and unique landscape; and, for its majestic Grand Canyon National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. It is home to three major state Universities and numerous community colleges. 

Arizona is the 6th largest state in the U.S. by area and is home to about 6.9 million people which includes 22 federally recognized Native American tribes/nations and a large Hispanic population. Arizona has several job openings in rural communities offering generous benefits and opportunities such as loan repayment opportunities for eligible providers. 

Arizona’s beautiful lakes, mountains and weather allow for great outdoor activities. You can enjoy hiking, river rafting, skiing, and a lot more. If you are open to international adventures, Arizona shares a 389 mile long border with Mexico. In addition, Arizona is one of the Four Corners states, sharing a regional border with New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and California.

We might be the Old West but we have a lot to offer! Make the Grand Canyon State the next place you call home and enjoy beautiful landscapes, friendly people and culturally diverse populations!   

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Key Points

In 2012, the Arizona Center for Rural Health, Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers formed the Arizona Rural Recruitment & Retention Network (Az3RNet) partnership. This partnership has enabled us to enhance our collective outreach to facilities statewide and placement of providers into rural and underserved communities.  

The AZ 3RNet is managed by staff at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) providing assistance to health providers seeking jobs in rural Arizona and health facilities seeking necessary providers. Through this site, you can view or post job opportunities. 

In exchange for an initial two year commitment working full-time at an eligible site located in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) in Arizona, physicians and dentists may be eligible for up to $65,000 of tax-free loan repayment and up to $50,000 for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and behavioral health providers. Providers may be eligible if employed by a public, non-profit or rural private practice site located in a HPSA. 

Other Loan Repayment Programs: 

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (NURSE Corps LRP)

The NURSE Corps LRP assists in the recruitment and retention of professional Registered Nurses (RNs) and advanced practice RNs.  The program offers substantial financial assistance to eligible RNs to repay a portion of their qualifying educational loans in exchange for full-time service either at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses or at an accredited eligible school of nursing in the case of nurse faculty. 

Contact: Thelma Okotie | Workforce Program Manager, Primary Care Office, Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health, Arizona Department of Health Services | | 602.542.1066

PRIMARY CARE ASSOCIATION (PCA) | FQHC’s, FQHC Look-Alikes & Healthcare Organizations Serving Rural & Underserved Communities in Arizona

Provides technical assistance in the recruitment & retention of medical professionals at the state's Federally Qualified Health Centers and member organizations and provides assistance to health care professionals looking for placement in Arizona.  

Contact:  Lourdes Montez | Workforce Development Manager, Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers | 602.288.7550 |

Specialties Sought

Available Opportunities:  

Administrative/Managers, Audiologist, Community Health Worker, Emergency Medicine, EMS, Family Practice/Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Physician Assistant, Pharmacist, Psychiatrist/Psychologist, Radiologist, Social Worker. 

Associate Members

Yavapai County Community Health Services


J-1 Visa Information and Other Available Programs:


J1 Contact Information

Thelma Okotie
Bureau of Women's and Children's Health, AZ Department of Health Services
150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-1066
Fax: 602-542-2011 (Attn: J-1 Visa Waiver)
HSD | J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Additional Contacts

Thelma Okotie
Tel: 480-202-6212
Fax: 602-542-2011

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Rebecca Ruiz
Center for Rural Health
The University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
1295 N Martin Ave, Bldg A202; P.O. Box 245177
Tucson, AZ 85724
Phone: 520-626-2243
Fax: 520-626-3101
Arizona Center for Rural Heath

Additional Contacts

Lourdes Montez
Tel: 602-288-7550

Rebecca Ruiz
Tel: 520.626.2243


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