Primary Care and Health Care Workforce Development Program

The Primary Care and Health Care Workforce Development Program offers a number of services to help communities recruit and retain primary care health professionals to serve the medically underserved areas in Louisiana. The program also serves as the State Office of Primary Care and works closely with the Louisiana Primary Care Association, a Louisiana trade association for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

In addition to offering state and federal loan repayment and tax incentives to doctors, nurses and other health professionals, the services of professional recruiters are available and free of charge through Med Job Louisiana. Additionally, the Primary Care and Health Care Workforce Development Program also offers assistance to communities interested in hiring a foreign medical graduate through the Louisiana Conrad State 30 (J-1 visa waiver) Program.

The Primary Care and Health Care Workforce Development Program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration's  Bureau of Primary Care and Health Professions to promote federal, state, local and private collaboration in expanding comprehensive, culturally competent, community-based primary health care services for medically underserved populations.


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Under certain circumstances, the federal government will cancel all or part of an educational loan. This practice is called Loan Forgiveness. To qualify, you must:

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For more information about Recruitment and Retention Services, contact:

Dorie Tschudy, Primary Care Officer
Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health

Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health
Physical Address:  628 North 4th Street, 8th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Mailing Address:    P.O. Box 3118, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3118
Phone:   (225) 342-1583
Fax:       (225) 342-5839