RI Dept. of Health Announces Over $686,000 in Loan Repayment Awards

Saturday, July 01, 2017
GoLocalProv News Team

Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of Health and Chair of the Health Professional Loan Repayment Board
The Rhode Island Department of Health announced over $686,000 in loan repayment awards on Thursday in a ceremony at the Rhode Island State House.

See the List of Recipients Below

The awards are aimed at strengthening the healthcare workforce and narrowing health disparities in the state by increasing the number of providers in medically underserved communities.

“The Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program is essential to our work to eliminate health disparities by ensuring access to quality health services and care in every zip code in Rhode Island. Health and medical education are expensive. This program helps remove barriers for our next generation of healthcare providers, and it also helps us draw the best and brightest to the healthcare workforce in our state,” said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of Health and Chair of the Health Professional Loan Repayment Board.

Funding for the program comes from the federal government and from various health and community organizations. The Rhode Island Health Center Association solicited matching funds from many of these organizations.

“The recruitment and retention of health professionals is essential to having an adequate workforce to provide comprehensive medical services to Rhode Islanders. The loan repayment program is a vital tool which ensures this necessary supply of professionals to deliver care, especially within communities where access can be challenging,” said Jane A. Hayward, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Health Center Association.

Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program Award Recipients 


Blackstone Valley Community Health Center:

  • Alice Eyo – Registered Nurse
  • Pedro Ochoa – Dentist
  • Shannan Victorino – Registered Nurse


Providence Community Health Centers:

  • Mofoluso Agbelese – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Beth Cronin – Physician
  • Jessica Salak – Physician
  • Emily White – Physician


Rhode Island Department of Corrections:

  • Jessica Bonanno-Hamel – Independent Clinical Social Worker


Thundermist Health Center:

  • Yamila Cos – Dentist
  • Jessica Heney – Physician
  • Vanessa Krasinski – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Stephanie Avila – Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Emily Collier – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Allison Parkhurst – Marriage and Family Therapist


The Providence Center:

  • Marol Kerge – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Emily Phrasikaysone – Registered Nurse


Comprehensive Community Action Program:

  • Kimberly Stokinger – Physician Assistant
  • Jason Villa – Physician Assistant
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