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


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”

Alaska's SHARP Program:

Providing Support-for-Service to Health Care Practitioners

Two currently-planned future clinician application openings are coming up. Both full-time and half-time positions are potentially eligible.
  • SHARP-II:  planning for the clinician application cycle anticipated for spring 2016 is still in process and application dates have not been determined. The SHARP advisory council will take up the proposed 2016 SHARP-II application cycle at a forthcoming meeting. Please continue to check this web page for updates.
  • SHARP-I:  clinician application cycle opening in early Spring 2017; with start dates as early as:  3/1/17

Important Application Notice

Please submit ALL documents as emails, and/or email attachments only. SHARP no longer accepts Faxed documents or hardcopy mailings (unless absolutely necessary).
Looking forward to receiving your materials (via email).

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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
Public Notice: SHARP Advisory Council:

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