IHS Recruitment and Retention Activities
January 2016
Welcome to the January edition of the IHS Recruiter Insider eNewsletter series. Each month, you’ll find useful updates and information about IHS recruitment and retention activities, keeping you in the know while allowing you to play an active role in IHS recruitment efforts.
NHSC Virtual Job Fair for IHS and Tribal Health Clinics

Attention all recruiters! Encourage your Indian health clinician candidates to attend the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Virtual Job Fair for IHS and Tribal Health Clinics, Tuesday, February 9 from 6:45 – 10:00 p.m. (EST). Job seekers will have a chance to obtain valuable career and Area information for nearly 40 different IHS and Tribal health facilities. Registration opens January 26 and will remain open through the event on February 9.

Each participating site will have a representative on hand to provide information about the facility, available positions and the community the site serves, as well answer all job seeker questions. Following the event, NHSC will provide attendees with each participating site’s contact information, as well as post each site on NHSC’s Virtual Job Fair website.

Indian health facilities: Site registration to participate in this year’s NHSC Virtual Job Fair is filling up quickly. Register now! Don’t miss an opportunity to get involved in this year’s event and learn more about NHSC’s Virtual Job Fair planned for 2017. You can also learn more about other career opportunities NHSC has to offer Indian health clinicians by contacting NHSCVirtualJobFair@hrsa.gov.

DHPS Cooperative Advertising Program Webinars
Over the course of five years, the IHS Division of Health Professions Support (DHPS), in conjunction with Horne Creative Group Inc. (HORNE), has developed new advertising materials for field recruiters and hiring officials. In order to familiarize you with these materials and to ensure the most effective use of DHPS recruiting tools, HORNE will conduct a four-part webinar series to explain how the Cooperative Advertising Program works, instruct you on how to consistently promote health professions recruitment across all mediums (digital, print) and explain how to supplement the national advertising campaign by using DHPS marketing materials to promote vacancies locally.

Join us for the first in our series of four DHPS Cooperative Advertising Program webinars on Friday, January 22 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (EST). You can participate via your computer, tablet or smartphone or dial in: United States : +1 (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 891-105-917.


DHPS Cooperative Advertising Program Webinar Series
Friday, April 8 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Friday, May 27 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Friday, September 9 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (EST)  

Please note: Everyone is welcome to participate in the webinars to find out more; however, these resources are available only to Tribes who retrocede 100 percent of their recruitment shares.
2016 Virtual Career Fair

The 2016 IHS Virtual Career Fair series kicks off in February and will feature three separate events targeting specific health profession disciplines in addition to providing general recruitment and LRP eligibility and application information.

This career networking series has been hugely successful in attracting students and health professionals interested in serving within American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Last year’s series drew record numbers with 990 registrants. Help us spread the word about Indian health opportunities by encouraging interested students, potential candidates and colleagues to register here.

Thursday, Feb. 18
from 7 – 9 p.m. (EST)

  • Physicians and Physician Assistants
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • All health profession disciplines.

Encourage interested candidates to register.

Wednesday, March 16
from 7 – 9 p.m. (EST)

  • Dentists and Dental Hygienists
  • Behavioral Health providers
  • All health profession disciplines.

Encourage interested candidates to register.

Thursday, April 14
from 7 – 9 p.m. (EST)

  • Pharmacists
  • Loan Repayment Program
  • All health profession disciplines.

Encourage interested candidates to register.

The IHS Supplemental Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

While the IHS Loan Repayment Program is a great incentive for clinicians to consider careers in Indian health, the reality is that the demand for LRP contracts consistently exceeds the capacity to award all program applicants. The Supplemental Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) has assisted several facilities with the recruitment and retention of much-needed health care professionals and has helped close the gap between the amount of funding authorized by Congress and the actual cost to fund clinician contracts.

Here’s how the SLRP works: IHS facilities and Area offices identify a vacancy in a priority health discipline and inform the IHS LRP office of their interest in funding an IHS SLRP recipient (up to $35,000 a year). Interested clinicians submit an IHS LRP application; the LRP office manages payments to the SLRP recipient. To learn more about the SLRP, visit the LRP website, contact the LRP Branch Chief click here or call: (301) 443-3396.

DHPS Fulfillment Center

Be sure to visit the DHPS Fulfillment Center to order IHS program materials at no cost. The Fulfillment Center is a recruiter’s resource for informative, up-to-date LRP, Scholarship, Recruitment and Retention materials available to order in print. Some materials are available electronically on the Retention website as well. To access a list of materials and to order, click here. Contact the administrator for a username and password if you do not have one already.


Indian Health Careers Recruitment Brochure

This handy brochure is great for distributing to potential health clinicians at job fairs and other outreach venues either in place of or to accompany the large-format recruitment Indian Health Careers Information Packet. You’ll find helpful information about IHS health profession disciplines, benefits, career paths and more.

Mark your Calendars
IHS 2016 Proposed National Recruiting Events

January 28

HHS Veterans Career Expo, Washington, DC

February 5 – 7

PRI-MED South (Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and PAs), Ft. Lauderdale, FL

March 4 – 7

American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, Baltimore

March 10 – 13

American Medical Women’s Association Annual Meeting, Miami

March 18 – 22

Uniformed Services Academy of Family Practitioners, Denver

May 5 – 7

American College of Internal Medicine, Washington, DC

July 28 – 30

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Kansas City, MO

October 15 – 18

American College of Emergency Medicine, Las Vegas

Get Involved
Monthly Recruiter Calls

If you oversee or participate in IHS physician recruitment responsibilities, you’re invited to learn about current Scholarship, LRP and national media campaign news by attending the Monthly Recruiter Calls. These calls are a great way to stay current on IHS recruitment and retention initiatives and exchange information among fellow recruiters at all levels. Click here for a copy of the December minutes.

January Recruiter Call
January 26, 2016 from 3 – 4 p.m. (EST)

  • Graduating Scholar Report
  • Scholarship PowerPoint Presentation
  • Supplemental Loan Repayment
  • NHSC Virtual Career Fair
  • Co-op Advertising Project
  • Navajo Area Update


Opportunity. Adventure. Purpose.
Careers with the Indian Health Service
The policy of the IHS is to provide absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are suitable for federal employment in filling vacancies within the IHS. IHS is an equal opportunity employer.

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