SHARP Announcement re: SHARP-1 –
Opportunity for Healthcare Practitioner Loan Repayment for State Fiscal Year 2022

Alaska’s SHARP Program announces the continuation of our SHARP-1 loan repayment opportunity for selected healthcare practitioners in State Fiscal Year 2022. This is our standard SHARP-1 applicant-solicitation. All SHARP-1 occupations are eligible to apply. For further detail, please see attached announcement.

 This here-announced SHARP-1 “regular-cycle” solicitation is competitive and is strictly dependent upon the availability of requisite federal funds. Alaska’s SHARP Program has submitted its long-planned, and Council-endorsed, HRSA-SLRP-5 grant proposal. We now await anticipated receipt of award. This here-current announcement is proactive preparation for that planned outcome.

 What is SHARP-1?

SHARP-1 is for those licensed practitioners who provide direct patient care (medical, dental, or behavioral health) typically in primary care or related settings. The program has now successfully applied for the federal HRSA-SLRP grant opportunity four times. In these, each participating clinician signs a two-year service contract (memorandum of agreement) stating his/her commitment to serve in an identified high-needs area or facility. SHARP-1 is operated by DHSS, in accordance with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) guidelines. Selection of SHARP candidates is based strictly on funding availability and SHARP Council’s assessment of prioritized community, facility and population needs.

 Availability of Applications

 For both SHARP-1 and SHARP-3, both the practitioner application form and the employer application forms remain continuously available. To access the application forms, interested parties should click into the following link: SHARP Inquiry Submission Form.

 The program now expects a large upcoming opportunity to admit more practitioners into SHARP-1. This is because we expect to receive a substantive grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The resulting federal funds will be used to help resource more SHARP-1 clinician contracts. For more detail as to SHARP’s now-anticipated federal grant, please see the here-attached Project Abstract.

 Applications due-date

 To be included in the practitioner-applicant pool for this SHARP-1 “regular cycle” solicitation, practitioner applications must be received by Friday July 15th, 2022, at 5:00 pm (AT). See attached announcement for further detail.

 Then, in later July 2022, the SHARP Admissions Committee will convene to review the received applications. For practitioners who are admitted, the expected contract start-date is to be Sept 1st, 2022 (or thereafter, given individual practitioner circumstance). The SHARP-1 service contract is a two-year (24 months) service commitment.

  SHARP is working, and we are making progress,

Robert Sewell, MA, Ph.D., Program Director
SHARP – Alaska’s Healthcare Workforce Incentive Program
Alaska Department of Health & Social Services
Division of Public Health, Sec Rural & Community Health Systems
Phone (907) 465-4065, E-mail: [email protected]

Questions? Submit those by clickingà SHARP Inquiry Submission Form

 Kathy Craft | University of Alaska Anchorage
Associate Vice Provost for Health Programs
Office of Academic Affairs | College of Health
[email protected]