The purpose of this program is to increase the number of appropriately trained professionals in advanced healthcare to provide direct patient care in medically underserved communities in California.
Selection for the awards is based on the following criteria: work experience, financial need, career goals, community service, community background, and academic performance. Priority is given to applicants whose community background and commitment indicate the likelihood of long-term employment in a medically underserved area even after the service obligation has ended. Recipients agree to a two-year service obligation practicing direct patient care at a qualified facility in California. Applicants must be currently accepted or enrolled in the following California Board or Committee approved program: Certified Nurse-Midwives Clinical Nurse Specialists Dentists Nurse Practitioners Occupational Therapists Pharmacists Physical Therapists Physician Assistants Speech Therapists.
Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) units, or its equivalent until program completion. Have a GPA of 2.0 or greater. Graduate after June 30, 2022. Be free from any other service obligation. Be willing to work in a Medically Underserved Area for twelve (12) months.
Medically Underserved Area (MUA), Health Professional Shortage Area- Primary Care (HPSA-PC), Primary Care Shortage Area (PCSA), or Registered Nurse Shortage Area (RNSA).In addition to the Federal and CA state designations, Native Indian Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers qualify as well. State, County, and Correctional Facilities may qualify as well as long as in a qualified Shortage Designation.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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