Kathy Johnston
Tel: 512-463-9590

Texas has something for everyone! Whatever your geographic preference, Texas can fill that need. With 7 regions spanning over 250,000 square miles and a population over 28 million Texas is like a "whole other country!" Every part of this great state has its own special charm and flair. Just wait until you see all of the fun stuff you can do when you are here...

Retention & Recruitment

The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) works in conjunction with the Texas Primary Care Office (TPCO), Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC), and other stakeholders to recruit health care providers to communities to improve access to care for the underserved..

Key Points

The Panhandle Plains region's Early Settlers Festival will delight music enthusiasts with its celebration of country, bluegrass, and tejano music—held annually in Levelland every Saturday after 4th of July.

For the fisherman in you, the Annual Trout Harvest in Athens may be the event to draw you to the Piney Woods region in the Spring. 

History buffs will appreciate the annual Texas Renaissance Fair, boasting a 54-acre, 16th century English village setting with over 3000 characters in period costume near Plantersville in the Prairies and Lakes region.

If you are searching for international flair, be sure to come to Oktoberfest in Fredricksburg to visit the Bier Garten, Kinder Park and vineyard area in the Texas Hill Country.

Thrill seekers will love scuba diving next to hammerhead sharks off of the Gulf Coast region's Texas Flower Gardens Marine Sanctuary.

Did you ever eat rattlesnake? Well, here's your chance to try some: fried rattlesnake is on the menu at the Freer Rattlesnake Round-up in the South Texas Plains region.

West Texas shows off its best horse riders and rodeo participants every year during the first four days of July at the annual West of the Pecos Rodeo Parade in the Big Bend region.

How to register on 3RNet to view postings: Click on "Candidates" under Register Now.  View opportunities postings while logged in to the website and select the "contacts" tab to view the "facility contact," which has the contact information for the person to contact when applying for a job.  Please make sure to look at the "facility contact" instead of the "member contact".

Specialties Sought

While we encourage all specialties to use this resource, our focus is on increasing the primary care workforce.  For additional resources and Texas practice opportunities, check the TPCO's Healthcare Provider Job Resources page at https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chpr/Healthcare-Provider-Job-Resources.aspx as well as the Bureau of Health Workforce Connector at https://connector.hrsa.gov.

Associate Members


The Texas Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (TACHC) is a private, non-profit membership association that represents Texas safety-net health care providers. TACHC members include community health centers, federally-designated migrant, public housing and homeless health care centers, health center networks and other providers who strive to meet the health care needs of the uninsured and underserved. TACHC’s Recruitment and Retention Department provides recruitment support to its member organizations seeking clinical providers and executive leaders.  If you are searching for a rewarding healthcare career and would like to join a team of qualified and passionate providers, click HERE to learn more about Texas Association of Community Health Centers.  

Mental Health Recruiting

To further support clinicians on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, HRSA recently launched the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (SUD Workforce LRP) and the Rural Community Loan Repayment Program. The SUD Workforce LRP provides up to $75,000, and the Rural Community LRP provides up to $100,000 in student loan repayment for eligible clinicians. Applicants receive preference if they have DATA 2000 waivers.

Clinicians who are passionate about helping patients recover from opioid use disorders can access the free MAT training and learn how to get a DATA 2000 waiver on the NHSC-PCSS MAT Training webpage.

We encourage clinicians who are interested in applying for next year’s SUD Workforce LRP or Rural Community LRP to complete the MAT training and obtain a DATA 2000 waiver now to receive award preference with both LRPs. The new application cycle will open in winter 2020.

For the latest information and to sign up for email updates visit the Loan Repayment Section of the NHSC website at: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loan-repayment/index.html.

All 30 slots for FFY 2020 in Texas have been filled.  The next application cycle for FFY 2021 will open in September 2020.  Please send all inquiries to the Conrad 30 Program Office: Conrad30@dshs.texas.gov or go to http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chpr/j1info.shtm

J1 Contact Information

Conrad 30 Program Office
Texas Dept of State Health Services
1100 West 49th Street
Mail Code 1898
Austin Texas 78756
Phone: (512) 776-6164
Fax: (512) 776-7344
Texas Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Additional Contacts

Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program

HPSA scores shown on the Bureau of Health Workforce Connector as of the Loan Repayment Program application cycle closing date(s) for National Health Service Corps, and NURSE Corps will be used for each current year.


Kathy Johnston
TX State Office of Rural Health
P.O. Box 12847
Attn: State Office of Rural Health
Austin, TX 78711
Phone: 512-463-9590

Additional Contacts

Texas Primary Care Office
Tel: 512-776-7518
Fax: 512-776-4232


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