Programs Using Shortage Designations

National Health Services Corps Scholarship & Loan Repayment Program

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs are competitive federal programs which provide service-obligated scholarships and loan repayment to assist in the development, recruitment, and retention of community responsive, culturally competent, primary care providers to serve people in health professional shortage areas.



Applications for National Service Corps Recruitment and Retention Service Site Recommendation are processed by the Indiana Primary Health Care Association. The Primary Care Office forwards them to the NHSC for final determination.


J-1 Visa Waivers


The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants J-1 visa waivers after a review by the US State Department.

  • ISDH may recommend 30 waivers a year for J-1 physicians who otherwise must to return to their home country for a period of two years after completing graduate medical studies.   
  • The recipients are obligated to 3 years service in a designated underserved area (HPSA or MUA/P).
  • For more information see the document, "J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines and Requirements" below.

For essential forms and for the waiver requirements click on the following links:

2014-15 J-1 Visa Waiver Application Cover Sheet

2014-15 J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines and Requirements

2014-15 J-1 Visa Waiver Affidavit and Agreement

2014-15 J-1 Visa Waiver Verification of Employment 

National Interest Waivers

ISDH will issue recommendation letters for National Interest Waivers (NIW). To see the documents required, in order for the ISDH to write a recommendation letter click on this link:  ISDH NIW Requirements

State Loan Repayment Program



The State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) in Indiana was suspended as of 8/31/11 due to the lack of required state dollars to match the SLRP federal funds.

There may be Federal funds available, however, through the National Health Service Corp (NHSC). For National Health Service Corps loan repayment, the materials are located at their website (


Please contact Natalie (Brown) Morrison if you have work site or other NHSC questions:

Natalie (Brown) Morrison, MPH
Shortage Designations and National Health Service Corps Program Director
Indiana Primary Health Care Association
429 N. Pennsylvania Street
Suite 333
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 630-0845 Fax: (317) 630-0849 

Rural Health Clinics

It is necessary to contact the Primary Care Office Manager to determine if an address is in a proper Shortage Designation. Location Information Contact    Rural Health Clinic Certification Program