An Employer's Guide to Workforce Programs

This guide provides a general overview for employers of three programs important to the health care workforce in rural and underserved areas: health professional shortage areas (HPSAs), loan repayment programs, and the Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver program.

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Health Professional Shortage Areas

  • The most important piece of advice we can give about HPSAs?
  • What is a HPSA?
  • To learn more about HPSAs
  • How can you find out if your area or facility has a HPSA designation?
  • Types of HPSAs
  • What should you, a health care employer, know about HPSAs?

Loan Repayment Programs

  • The most important piece of advice we can give about loan repayment?
  • Terms you need to know
  • Where can you learn more about repayment programs in your state?
  • Common Loan Repayment Programs
  • Other Programs
  • Other Important Things to Know About Loan Repayment Programs

J-1 Visa Waivers

  • Why is a Waiver Needed?
  • Steps to the J-1 Waiver Process
  • Once You Find a Candidate You Want
  • About the Conrad 30 Program
  • How States Determine Areas of Need
  • Potential State Variations
  • Other Agencies That Offer Waivers

Players Involved in the J-1 Visa Waiver Process

  • PCO
  • Questions to ask the PCO
  • Employer
  • Job Seeker
  • Attorney
  • State J-1 Waiver Officer

Why Should I Recruit and How Do I Retain Someone on a J-1 Waiver?

Read our section contributed by immigration attorney, Bob Aronson, here.