Texas - Piney Woods

Kathy Johnston
Tel: 512-463-9590

The Piney Woods region of East Texas, with its millions of acres of pine forests and wetlands, has a unique appeal all its own. Rolling terrain covered with pines and oaks, and rich bottomlands with tall hardwoods make the East Texas Pinewoods unique and part of a much larger area of pine-hardwood forest that extends into adjoining Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Texas' four national forests, which offer wonderful camping, hiking and fishing are all located in this densely wooded area of the state. History buffs can visit the 1800s, via quaint historic towns and replica pioneer settlements and many of the Victorian buildings. Timber and cattle are the primary industries in the area and due to this farms are relatively small in comparison with the state average.

Piney Woods region consists mainly of Medically Underserved Areas (MUA's) and also has some counties that qualify as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA's).

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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