2:39 pm - Tuesday September 19, 2017

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

In November 2012, the Colorado Health Service Corps, administered by the Primary Care Office at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, awarded nearly $1.4 million in loan repayment funds to 21 health care professionals who will begin serving Colorado communities with a shortage of health care professionals. The corps also awarded $105,000 to three health care providers who will continue to practice in medically underserved communities. Colorado communities with the greatest need benefit from Colorado Health Service Corps support of health care professionals in their communities.

New applications for the Colorado Health Service Corps loan repayment program will be accepted from March 1 to 31. 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, health professionals must be employed in an outpatient primary care practice in an urban or rural area of Colorado that has a health professional shortage. Successful applicants will 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, visitwww.coloradohealthservicecorps.org or call 303-692-2466.

The following health 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

Samuel Mortensen

Dentist

Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.

Alamosa

Alamosa

Rachel Rankin

Family Medicine Doctor

Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.

Antonito

Conejos

Donna Porter

Nurse Practitioner

Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.

Canon City

Fremont

F. Kyle Stewart

Physician Assistant

Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Colorado Springs

El Paso

Lauren Hussey

Physician Assistant

Plan De Salud Del Valle, Inc.

Commerce City

Adams

Stephanie Augustine

Family Medicine Doctor

Denver Community Health Services, Inc.

Denver

Denver

Sarah Christensen

Internal Medicine Doctor

Denver Community Health Services, Inc.

Denver

Denver

Kelley Creamer

Nurse Practitioner

Clinica Campesina Family Health Services

Denver

Denver

Monica Morris

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Denver Community Health Services, Inc.

Denver

Denver

Theodore Shille

Dentist

Metro Community Provider Network, Inc.

Englewood

Arapahoe

Breanna Thompson

Family Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Plan De Salud Del Valle, Inc.

Fort Collins

Larimer

Lawrence Algiene

Licensed Professional Counselor

North Range Behavioral Health

Greeley

Weld

Mary Jane Brown

Licensed Professional Counselor

Touchstone Health Partners

Loveland

Larimer

Elizabeth Buisker

Family Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Pioneers Medical Center

Meeker

Rio Blanco

Kelleen Corrigan

Licensed Professional Counselor

The Midwestern Center for Mental Health

Montrose

Montrose

Tabitha Winkler

Nurse Practitioner

Upper San Juan Hospital District

Pagosa Springs

Archuleta

Marian Heesaker

Nurse Practitioner

Parkview Medical Center

Pueblo

Pueblo

Joshua Hogins

Psych Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center, Inc.

Pueblo

Pueblo

Jonathan Irish

Licensed Professional Counselor

Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center, Inc.

Pueblo

Pueblo

Leslie Dawdy

Nurse Practitioner

Mountain Family Health Centers

Rifle

Garfield

 

The following health professionals have been awarded funds to continue their service for another year through the Colorado Health Service Corps:

 

Anna Lundeen

Physician

Northwest Colorado Community Health Center

Craig

Moffat

Nicholas Kurtz

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Upper San Juan Hospital District

Pagosa Springs

Archuleta

Kristin Andreen

Physician

Clinica Campesina Family Health Services

Westminster

Jefferson

 

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 the barriers to health care for Coloradans, assessing primary care workforce 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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