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McLaren Flint Auxiliary Offers Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities

GENESEE COUNTY — The office of McLaren Flint Auxiliary Volunteers has openings in many different service areas and welcomes new members. Scheduling is flexible. Volunteering is a win/ win opportunity: volunteers give of their time, but the rewards are great. Anyone interested can apply online at or call 810-342-2115 for more information. — G.G.

Student loan repayment program accepting new applicants Feb. 4-8

LANSING — Healthcare employers in Genesee County, northern Michigan and those that provide inpatient pediatric psychiatric services throughout the state will better be able to recruit and retain medical, dental and mental healthcare providers through a student loan repayment program offered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Funded through federal, state and local dollars, the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program is designed to improve healthcare services in under served communities. Since MDHHS began the loan repayment program in 1991, 1,013 providers have participated.

Genesee County has been a priority area for the program since 2016, resulting in 41 health care providers serving in the county for two years, and $1.35 million in medical education debt relief. Thirty-three providers are practicing in behavioral health and the remainder are providing primary care including pediatrics, family medicine and obstetrics.

Northern Michigan obstetric providers began as a priority provider type in 2013 and has resulted in 31 providers participating in the program with nearly $2 million in loan repayment.

Inpatient pediatric psychiatrists became a priority in 2018 and has resulted in two participants with $89,000 in medical education debt.

Participants in the program can receive up to $50,000 tax-free to repay their educational debt if they practice for two years in non-profit practice sites located in health professional shortage areas. This year’s application period is Feb. 4 – 8, 2019.

More information about the program, including eligibility requirements and application forms, is available at G.G.

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