• Alaska SHARP Council - SHARP-1 Committee meets 6/25/19 to review clinician applications.

Public Notice


Topic:                          Alaska’s SHARP Program – SHARP-1 Committee - Meeting:  06/25/19

Submitted by:             Robert Sewell

Submitted date:          06/14/19


Re:       SHARP Council:  SHARP-1 Committee - Business Meeting – 06/25/19


The public is notified that Alaska SHARP Council’s “SHARP-1 Committee” will meet in scheduled Business Meeting on Tuesday, June 25th from 9:00 – 11:00 am.


Purpose:  To deliberate on overarching program concepts, to articulate system values and program priorities, to potentially issue formal recommendations, and to conduct business of the Council and of program overall.  These issues may include, but are not limited to, program policies, resources, budgets, timelines and other factors that impact the program. 


Date / Time:   Tuesday, June 25th from 9:00 – 11:00 am (up to 2.0 hours, and no more)


Council Co-Chair:  Eric Boyer




9:00 – Call to order

  • Welcome and Introductions / Roll Call

  • Adopt agenda

  • Public Comment


9:20 – New Business

  • Topic:  SHARP-1 – overview, & review of data re: eligible applicants

  • Topic:  Committee recommendation(s) to admit prioritized candidates, if any


10:45 – Other Business/Announcements

  • Topic:  Assignments

  • Public Comment


11:00 – Adjourn




The route by which all Committee Members, and any of the interested public, participate is via teleconference.  To do so, call in by dialing 888-392-4560 and then dialing code 5818485#


Public Testimony:


The public is welcome to attend, however public testimony and/or other comments will be taken only during agenda-identified time-slot(s).

SHARP – Description


Alaska’s SHARP Program provides recruitment and retention services for Alaska’s healthcare workforce.  The purpose of SHARP is to recruit and retain healthcare professionals to serve in DHSS-designated healthcare service locations in exchange for the repayment of qualifying education loans and/or payment of direct incentive, pursuant to a signed SHARP memorandum of agreement with the State of Alaska. 


SHARP-1 – Component:


“SHARP-1 Component,” means Alaska's first state-operated support-for-service program effort.  It is based on the state's receipt of competitive HRSA partnership grants from the federal State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP).  Alaska has now received four SLRP grant awards from federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  All SHARP-1 contracts are 50 percent HRSA-funded (at maximum), with the other 50 percent (at minimum) derived from assorted non-federal sources.  SHARP-1 contracts provide for education loan repayment on behalf of selected primary care clinicians who provide healthcare services in federally designated Health Profession Shortage Area (HPSA) locations. 


SHARP Council Members:


Alaska’s SHARP Council is a deliberative body composed of up to 15 voting agencies, with at least four (4) more as ex-officio. Alaska Statute 18.29 requires that a permanent interagency advisory body be convened, and meet at least quarterly. 


SHARP Council has identified a SHARP-1 Committee, which has been asked to review data regarding the most recent set of SHARP-1 clinician applicants.  Based on this review, the SHARP-1 Committee will issue recommendation(s) to admit eligible and prioritized clinician candidates, if any. 


The SHARP-1 Committee is currently composed from Representatives of each of at least the following Council member organizations:  AK Commission on Post-Secondary Education, AK Mental Health Trust Authority, AK Native Health Board, AK Nurses Association, and AK Primary Care Association.  Other Council member organizations are also welcome to participate in this SHARP-1 Committee meeting.


Program Questions re:  SHARP Program, the Council and related matters:


Robert Sewell, Ph.D., SHARP Program Director is available for questions via e-mail at or by phone 907-465-4065. 


For more information, as well as an example of the SHARP-1 service contract, see:

Attachments, History, Details



Revision History

Created 6/14/2019 9:39:49 AM by kamollette


Department: Health and Social Services
Category: Public Notices
Location(s): Statewide
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Publish Date: 6/14/2019
Archive Date: 7/25/2019