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Jan. 17: $1.5 million goes to health care professionals committed to serving Colorado communities with health care shortages

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 17, 2013
 
CONTACT:
Mark Salley
Communications Director
303-692-2013
 
$1.5 million goes to health care professionals committed to serving Colorado communities with health care shortages
Colorado Health Service Corps accepting new applications March 1-31
 
DENVER— In November 2012, the Colorado Health Service Corps, administered by the Primary Care Office at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, awarded nearly $1.4 million in loan repayment funds to 21 health care professionals who will begin serving Colorado communities with a shortage of health care professionals. The corps also awarded $105,000 to three health care providers who will continue to practice in medically underserved communities. Colorado communities with the greatest need benefit from Colorado Health Service Corps support of health care professionals in their communities.
New applications for the Colorado Health Service Corps loan repayment program will be accepted from March 1 to 31. Primary care physicians, psychiatrists and general dentists may be eligible for educational loan debt forgiveness of as much as $105,000. Physician assistants, advanced practice nurses and licensed mental health professionals may be eligible for as much as $60,000, and dental hygienists may receive as much as $22,500.
To participate in the Colorado Health Service Corps, health professionals must be employed in an outpatient primary care practice in an urban or rural area of Colorado that has a health professional shortage. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to caring for underserved people and agree to a three-year term of service.
For more information on the Colorado Health Service Corps, including eligibility requirements and the online application, visit www.coloradohealthservicecorps.org or call 303-692-2466.
The following health professionals have been newly awarded through the Colorado Health Service Corps and will begin their service to Colorado:
 

Provider Name
Provider Discipline
Employer
City
County
Samuel Mortensen
 
Dentist
Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.
 
Alamosa
 
Alamosa
Rachel Rankin
Family Medicine Doctor
Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.
 
Antonito
 
Conejos
Donna Porter
Nurse Practitioner
Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.
 
Canon City
 
Fremont
F. Kyle Stewart
Physician Assistant
Peak Vista Community Health Centers
Colorado Springs
El Paso
Lauren Hussey
Physician Assistant
Plan De Salud Del Valle, Inc.
Commerce City
Adams
Stephanie Augustine
Family Medicine Doctor
Denver Community Health Services, Inc.
Denver
Denver
Sarah Christensen
Internal Medicine Doctor
Denver Community Health Services, Inc.
Denver
Denver
Kelley Creamer
Nurse Practitioner
Clinica Campesina Family Health Services
Denver
Denver
Monica Morris
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Denver Community Health Services, Inc.
Denver
Denver
Theodore Shille
Dentist
Metro Community Provider Network, Inc.
Englewood
Arapahoe
Breanna Thompson
Family Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Plan De Salud Del Valle, Inc.
Fort Collins
Larimer
Lawrence Algiene
Licensed Professional Counselor
North Range Behavioral Health
 
Greeley
 
Weld
Mary Jane Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor
Touchstone Health Partners
Loveland
Larimer
Elizabeth Buisker
Family Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Pioneers Medical Center
Meeker
Rio Blanco
Kelleen Corrigan
Licensed Professional Counselor
The Midwestern Center for Mental Health
Montrose
Montrose
Tabitha Winkler
Nurse Practitioner
Upper San Juan Hospital District
Pagosa Springs
Archuleta
Marian Heesaker
Nurse Practitioner
Parkview Medical Center
Pueblo
Pueblo
Joshua Hogins
Psych Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center, Inc.
Pueblo
Pueblo
Jonathan Irish
Licensed Professional Counselor
Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center, Inc.
Pueblo
Pueblo
Leslie Dawdy
Nurse Practitioner
Mountain Family Health Centers
Rifle
Garfield

 
The following health professionals have been awarded funds to continue their service for another year through the Colorado Health Service Corps:
 

Anna Lundeen
Physician
Northwest Colorado Community Health Center
Craig
Moffat
Nicholas Kurtz
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Upper San Juan Hospital District
Pagosa Springs
Archuleta
Kristin Andreen
Physician
Clinica Campesina Family Health Services
Westminster
Jefferson

 
The Colorado Health Service Corps is administered by the Primary Care Office at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with funding from the Colorado Health Foundation, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the state of Colorado, The Colorado Trust and the Comprecare Foundation.
The Primary Care Office strives to reduce the barriers to health care for Coloradans, assessing primary care workforce needs and offering incentives to health professionals practicing in medically underserved communities.
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by investing in grants and initiatives to support health-related nonprofit organizations that focus on increasing the number of Coloradans with health insurance; ensuring they have access to quality, coordinated care; and encouraging healthy living (www.ColoradoHealth.org).
The Colorado Trust is a statewide grant-making foundation dedicated to achieving access to health for all Coloradans (www.coloradotrust.org).
The Comprecare Foundation encourages and assists specific health-related programs and offers grants to support the activities of organizations designed to advance and promote health care education, the delivery of health care services and the improvement of community health and welfare (http://www.comprecarefoundation.org).
 
 
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