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IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The SHARP Program loan repayment application opportunity, SHARP-I 2014, is currently open and will remain open through Friday December 5, 2014.

Alaska's SHARP Program:
Providing Support-for-Service to Health Care Practitioners

 

Update on SHARP-I 2014

 

The practitioner application period for the Fall 2014 solicitation for SHARP-I is now closed. Those interested in the SHARP Program should check the webpage every month or two.

 

All eligible applications will be reviewed for prioritization no later than: January 7th, 2015.
Service contract (MOA) start-dates are currently projected to be about: January 15th, 2015.
HRSA Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
 
Prior:
SLRP-1: #H56HP15666
• $1,284,282 - Total Initial Budget
• $    600,000 - HRSA Initial Award
• 47% - HRSA percent of initial budget
 
SLRP-2: #H56CR25037-1
• $1,500,000 - Total Initial Budget
• $    750,000 - HRSA Initial Award
• 50% - HRSA percent of initial budget
 
Current:
SLRP-3 (SHARP-I 2014): #H56CR25037-2
• $4,396,000 - Total Initial Budget
• $2,198,000 - HRSA Initial Award
• 50% - HRSA percent of initial budget
 

Attention Interested Employer Sites:

 
SHARP-I Site Application – UPDATE
 
All previously SHARP-I Site Applications are eligible for consideration in this SFY’15 application cycle.

All Site Applicants must sign and endorse the provided Attestation Page, also found on SHARP website.
The due-date for all SHARP-I Site Applications has been extended to:  December 22nd at 5:00 pm.

o Interested Sites can call-in for optional technical assistance teleconferences. 
 Content repeats on the following dates
 Call (800) 944-8766, then code 18105
• Friday Dec. 5th from 11:00-12:00
• Friday Dec. 12th from 11:00-12:00
• Friday Dec. 19th from 11:00-12:00
 

SHARP-I 2014 Site Application

SHARP-I 2014 Attestation Page

For more information, please see:

 

SHARP Employer Sites Seeking Clinicians

 

Employer Sites Seeking Clinicians provides a list of employer sites that are eligible under the SHARP-I 2014 Program. The list is arranged by occupation category.

SHARP-II:

  • We do not expect a clinician application period opening during remainder of 2014.
    We recommend that all interested persons check this website for program updates every monthy or so. Any questions about all matters regarding SHARP should be directed to:
  • Robert Sewell, Ph.D., Program Manager
    SHARP Program, Alaska DHSS
    (907) 465-4065 phone
    E-mail: robert.sewell@alaska.gov

Learn More about SHARP-II

Overview

The purpose of SHARP is to address the shortage of certain health professionals in the state by increasing the number and improving the distribution of healthcare professionals who provide direct patient care. The SHARP program seeks to recruit and retain selected health care professionals to serve in designated healthcare shortage areas in exchange for the repayment of qualifying education loans and/or payment of direct incentive. 

SHARP-II provides loan repayment and direct incentive. Both full-time and half-time contract options are available. After an initial three years of service, those clinicians in good standing may gain the opportunity for another three-year contract (renewal).

  • Tier-1: Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists
  • Tier-2: Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, RN-Level Nurse, Physical Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, and Dental Hygienists

SHARP-II has certain stipulations, a key one being that holding a concurrent service obligation with virtually any other entity is specifically disallowed (e.g., NHSC, I.H.S., and so on). Another key stipulation is that each participating Site must contribute a partial employer match to its clinician’s support-for-service payment, although reduction of this required match amount may be possible in some circumstances. Further, all participating Sites must be within Alaska-designated health care service shortage areas (HCSSAs). Sites must accept patients who receive Medicaid or Medicare, and the uninsured on a sliding fee basis. Under SHARP-II a significantly expanded range of facilities may become designated as eligible practice Sites.

Updates

Questions?

To request additional information about the SHARP Program, please fill out the SHARP Inquiry Form.

  • Robert Sewell, Program Manager
    Alaska Division of Public Health
    Section of Health Planning & Systems Development
    P.O. Box 110610
    Juneau, AK 99811-0610
    Phone: (907) 465-4065
    Email: robert.sewell@alaska.gov

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