The Alaska State Loan Repayment Program is also called the
SHARP program. SHARP-I is the traditional option. The program offers loan repayment for primary care clinicians working in federal Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), largely with underserved populations. SHARP is jointly supported by funds from several sources, including the State
of Alaska’s General Fund, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as by required partial employer match.
Dentists may earn up to $35,000 per year, or, for very hard-to-fill areas, $47,000 per year. Dental hygienists may earn up to $20,000 per year, or, for very hard-to-fill areas, $27,000. To date, 111 clinicians have received this support-for-service benefit under 2-year
contracts, working in a range of primary care medical, behavioral health and dental occupations. Settings include community health centers, tribal health clinics, and critical access hospitals, among others.
SHARP-II is currently not taking any new clinician applications.
SHARP-III expands loan repayment eligibility to include (a) new practice settings (e.g., long-term care), (b) new occupations (e.g., specialists, allied health), (c) new employers (e.g., located anywhere in the state), (d) new locations (e.g., beyond federally specified
locations), and (e) new roles (e.g., health care faculty, health administrators). SHARP-III is to be largely based on the SHARP program’s traditional contract and operation guidelines. All candidates will (a) be selected by their employer, (b) apply through the regular SHARP
process, (c) be formally recommended by Council, (d) sign SHARP’s standard service contract, and (e) fulfill quarterly requirements.). Eighty percent of funding for SHARP-III will come from the employer, and 20% from an associated contributor, such as a community or
private foundation, university, government entity, or other sources.
Direct any questions about all SHARP matters:
Robert Sewell, Ph.D., Program Manager
SHARP Program, Alaska DHSS