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SHARP Loan Repayment for Primary Health-care Practitioners

A Message from Governor Bill Walker

Proper health care solutions are crucial to the future of our state and the overall vitality of our people. Alaska’s current health care system is in need of changes that empower patients and health care providers, increase the number of providers throughout the state, and decrease costs for both the state
and individuals.

-DHSS biannual external newsletter, “Winter Update:  2014-2015”

SHARP: Providing Support-for-Service to Health Care Practitioner

Important Notice

SHARP-I Carryover – Behavioral Health Specific Solicitation

The State of Alaska’s SHARP-I Program is holding an application cycle for SHARP-I Carryover – Behavioral Health Solicitation from July 15, 2016 through September 8, 2016. This solicitation is open to behavioral health providers only.

Occupations eligible for this solicitation are:

Tier 1

  • Psychiatrist

Tier 2

  • Registered Nurse,  Nurse Practitioner (psychiatry specialization)
  • Physician Assistant (psychiatry specialization)
  • Health Service Psychologist, clinical or counseling (Ph.D. or PsyD)
  • Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)

This is a two year commitment. SHARP-I pays $35,000 annually directly to lenders/loan holders for Tier-1 and $20,000 for Tier 2. All providers must provide service in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) designated by the National Health Service Corps. For more information about HPSAs in Alaska go to HPSA Find.

All admitted clinicians and their respective sites must sign a required service contract (Memorandum of Agreement).  This contract specifies all terms of agreement, including the amount of required partial employer match-funding.

Clinician Application

Site Application Components

For more information about this solicitation contact Robert Sewell, SHARP Program Director, by phone at (907) 465-4065 or by email at

Alaska's SHARP Program:

Providing Support-for-Service to Health Care Practitioners

Two currently-planned future clinician application openings are potentially coming up. Both full-time and half-time positions are potentially eligible.

  • SHARP-I:  clinician application cycle potentially opening in early Spring 2017; with start dates as early as:  3/1/17
  • SHARP-1 Special Behavioral Health Solicitation: clinician application cycle potentially opening soon
    Keep checking website for updates.

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Important Notice about Concurrent Service Obligations

Concurrent service obligations are not allowed in the SHARP Program. SHARP participants can only receive one support-for-service award. In some cases an employer will offer the clinician a signing bonus and/or moving expenses as a service obligation. Clinicians who receive these benefits can participate in the SHARP Program as long as the employer stipulates that these benefits don’t constitute a service obligation.

Attention Interested Employer Sites:

SHARP Program Site Applications can be submitted at any time.

All Site Applicants must sign and endorse the provided Attestation Page.

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.


  • We recommend that all interested persons check this website for program updates every month 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

Learn More about SHARP-II


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 through a competitive application process.

  • 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.


To request additional information about the SHARP Program, please email Robert Sewell. Email:

Or fill out the SHARP Inquiry Form

  • Robert Sewell, Ph.D., Program Director
    Alaska Division of Public Health
    Section of Health Planning & Systems Development
    P.O. Box 110610
    Juneau, AK 99811-0610
    Phone: (907) 465-4065

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