The mission of the Massachusetts Primary Care Office (PCO) is to promote and advocate for comprehensive primary health care access to all residents. The PCO conducts in-depth research and analysis of the healthcare delivery system and the population it serves to identify trends in access and develop strategies to address deficiencies. To accomplish this, the PCO maintains strong working relationships with other agencies and programs, both public and private. The PCO also works with communities to identify areas that may meet federal guidelines for health professional shortage area designations.

The PCO ensures that Massachusetts is able to recruit and retain the highest quality health care professionals to serve as primary care providers in our urban and rural areas. Working with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the PCO serves as the point of contact for many federal and state workforce assistance programs, designed to help attract new and experienced health professionals of various disciplines to join our healthcare provider community.

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Thank you for visiting the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program for Health Professionals (MLRP) page.  The MLRP is NOT accepting applications at this time.

The MLRP guide and application are currently being revised. 

MLRP applications will not be accepted until the revised guide and application are available on this webpage.  We will return any applications that are sent prior to the revised posting and those not using the 2016 updated application form.  NOTE: All candidates for the MLRP-2016-calendar-year must complete the revised application.  Previously submitted applications will not be reviewed.

We hope you find the new format easier to use.  We will provide sufficient time for applications to be submitted.  The webpage update will also include other MLRP application and timeline details for your information.

Thank you for your patience.

Revised 3/28/16

Contact Information

Julia Dyck, MPA/H, MA
Director, Primary Care Office
Division of Primary Care and Health Access
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 5thFloor
Boston, MA 02108
phone: 617-624-6060
fax: 617-624-6062
email: julia.dyck@state.ma.us

Nicole Watson, Coordinator
Recruitment and Retention Program
Primary Care Office
Division of Primary Care and Health Access
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 5thFloor
Boston, MA 02108
phone: 617-624-6051
fax: 617-624-6062
email: nicole.watson@state.ma.us


This information is provided by the Division of Health Access within the Department of Public Health.