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Workforce/Access & Grants Management Section

MDHHS Workforce/Access & Grants Management Section manages special projects and provides coordination for the Department’s healthcare workforce programs, and other activities that assess the need for health care services and providers, promote the recruitment and retention of health care providers to fulfill identified needs, and consequently reduce health workforce shortages and barriers to health care in high need areas. This work area focuses on broad health policy programs like healthcare workforce policy and health disparities and supports safety net providers and sites to improve accessibility of primary care, dental, and mental health resources in underserved areas. This section also functions as the State Primary Care Office (PCO) as part of the Cooperative Agreement managed by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

MDHHS Workforce/Access & Grants Management/PCO Brochure

Shortage Designation Coordination
HPSA and MUA/P designations identify areas, population groups, and facilities with a severe shortage of primary health care resources. This site offers information on Michigan's federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/P) designations. 

Provider Recruitment and Retention Programs

Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP)
State program that helps employers recruit and retain primary medical, dental, and mental healthcare providers by providing loan repayment to those entering service obligations. This site offers information about Michigan's State Loan Repayment Program for healthcare providers practicing in designated HPSAs.

Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program
A medical education debt repayment program focused on incentivizing behavioral healthcare providers to practice in underserved areas in Michigan.

Michigan Opioid Treatment Access Loan Repayment Program
A medical education debt repayment program focused on incentivizing healthcare providers to begin and expand opioid treatment in Michigan.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
Federal program that awards scholarships and loan repayment to providers in eligible primary medical care, dental, and mental health disciplines, and help health care facilities to recruit, retain and support clinicians serving in high-need areas. MDHHS supports sites interested in becoming NHSC-approved sites. 

J-1 Visa Waiver or Conrad 30 Waiver Program
Under this program, MDHHS may recommend up to 30 J-1 Visa physicians annually to receive a waiver of the 2-year home residence requirement in exchange for a commitment of 3-years of service in an underserved area.

Additional Resources 

This section also aids communities interested in expanding access to primary health care resources, manages the grant program for free clinic organizations providing care services to the uninsured population, and supports rural health clinics initiative and health center planning and development in collaboration with other statewide partners such as the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) and Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH).

Michigan Free Clinic Funding Program
This site offers information on the free clinic grant funding program administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Michigan Primary Care Needs Assessment (PCNA)
This section contains information on the Statewide Primary Care Needs Assessment (PCNA), which does a county-level analysis of health outcomes and social determinants of health (SDOH) needs across the state.

Developing Sustainable Workforce Solutions in Behavioral Health and Direct Care
This project was intended to assess reasons and potential solutions for workforce shortages in Michigan, specifically, among direct care workers (DCWs) and behavioral health practitioners through a quantitative and qualitative approach.

For more information about the Workforce/Access & Grants Management Section:

Amber Myers, MPH
Section Manager/PCO Director