American Heart Month - February 2003
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US? Did you know that more women than men die from heart disease each year? As American Heart Month is observed around the country, it is important for all Americans to discuss their heart disease risk factors with a medical professional. In recent years, medical science has developed new treatment options for heart disease and a greater understanding of the importance of good nutrition in heart health. In recognition of the ongoing efforts of health professionals and medical researchers working to prevent and treat heart disease, is highlighting some of the benefit programs available to health professionals.

  • Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
    The program supports the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Intramural Research Program in recruiting and retaining health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds to conduct clinical research at the NIH by providing for the repayment of educational loans for participants with substantial amounts of educational debt relative to income. Participants agree by written contract to engage in clinical research as employees of the NIH for a minimum two-year period. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=467

  • National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
    The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program recruits health professionals to work in selected health professional shortage areas and, in return, helps repay their qualifying educational loans. In addition to loan repayment, these clinicians receive a competitive salary, some tax relief benefits, and a chance to have a significant impact on a community. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=447

  • National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
    The National Health Service Corps offers this scholarship program to students committed to providing primary health care in communities identified as having a shortage of health professionals. The program offers payment of tuition, fees and other reasonable educational costs (e.g., books, supplies, equipment) and includes a monthly stipend for up to four years of education. Scholarship recipients serve in areas of greatest need upon completion of their training (each year of support requires one year of service, with a two-year minimum service commitment). For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=448

  • Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
    To assist in the recruitment and retention of professional nurses dedicated to providing health care to underserved populations, the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program offers registered nurses substantial assistance to repay educational loans in exchange for service in eligible facilities located in areas experiencing a shortage of nurses. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=449