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June 6: $1.5 million goes to health care professionals committed to serving Colorado communities with health care shortages

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 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 for loan repayment program
 
DENVER— The Colorado Health Service Corps, administered by the Primary Care Office at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in May awarded approximately $1.5 million in loan repayment funds to 24 health care professionals who will serve in health professional shortage areas across Colorado. Communities with the greatest need can benefit from the Colorado Health Service Corps by using loan repayment as a way to recruit and retain qualified health care professionals.
New applications for the Colorado Health Service Corps loan repayment program will be accepted from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30. 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 loan repayment program, health care professionals must be employed in an outpatient primary care practice in an urban or rural area of Colorado that has a federal Health Professional Shortage Area designation. The state’s two inpatient mental health hospitals (Colorado Mental Health Institutes) also now are approved sites. Successful applicants 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 care 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
Ramnarine, Lauren
MD
Salud Family Health Centers
Brighton
Adams
Beatte, Hope
MD
Department of Corrections
Canon City
Fremont
Hiegert, Aaron
DDS
Denver Health
Denver
Denver
Hutcheson, Jonathan
DO
Clinica Family Health Services
Denver
Denver
Gershaneck, Devon
NP
Clinica Family Health Services
Denver
Adams
Muwwakkil, Shukri
LCSW
Mental Health Center of Denver
Denver
Denver
Slaughter, Rachael
LCSW
Denver Health
Denver
Denver
Sims, Valerie
PsyD
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan
Denver
Denver
Bjorklund, Kristen
PA
Sunrise Community Health Center
Evans
Weld
DeMoor, Sarah
MD
Sunrise Community Health Center
Evans
Weld
Patrick, Dustin
DDS
Dove Creek Community Health Clinic
Dove Creek
Dolores
Mann, John
PA
Salud Family Health Centers
Fort Collins
Larimer
Broda, Rebecca
PA
Salud Family Health Centers
Fort Morgan
Morgan
Suchon, Jennifer
NP
Pediatric Associates of Montrose, Northside Child Health Center
Montrose
Montrose
Walker, Dominique
MD
Banner Health, Family Care Clinic
Sterling
Logan
Wallace, Jason
DO
Pagosa Springs Medical Center
Pagosa Springs
Archuleta
Smith, Ted
PA
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
Pueblo
Pueblo
Renicker, Eric
NP
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
Pueblo
Pueblo
Eddy, Michelle
PsyD
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
Pueblo
Pueblo
Klaker, Julie
NP
Valleywide Health Systems
San Luis
Costilla
 
The following health professionals have been awarded funds to continue their service for another year through the Colorado Health Service Corps:
 
Provider Name
Provider Discipline
Employer
City
County
Wachtl, Zachary
MD
Clinica Family Health Services
Denver
Adams
Walker, Justin
MD
Sunrise Community Health Center
Evans
Weld
Rufner, K. Lorraine
MD
Salud Family Health Centers
Fort Lupton
Weld
Lupica, Michelle
DO
Yuma District Hospital
Yuma
Yuma
 
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 barriers to health care for Coloradans, assessing primary care work force 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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