Community and Rural Health Planning
Public Health

What would you like to do?

What would you like to do?

What you need to know

What you need to know

Our mission is to define and promote the development of a health care system that assures the availability and accessibility of quality health care services to meet the needs of people living in rural Nebraska.

Programs and activities are designed to assist rural Nebraskans get high quality health care through: recruitment and retention, hospital maintenance, community planning, health care networks and cooperative ventures, identifying community leaders, developing leadership skills, and having an information clearinghouse.

The Office develops state rural health policy in consultation with the Rural Health Advisory Commission.

Nebraska Loan Repayment Programs

Who is eligible to apply?

Loan repayment awards are available to Nebraska licensed primary care, mental, dental and allied health professionals.  See a list of eligible disciplines and shortage areas.

How to Apply

There is one application for both of the state loan repayment programs.  The individual seeking loan repayment must initiate the application. Once they complete and submit their portion, a notice will be sent to the entity providing the matching funds. The entity then completes the application.  Applications will be deleted from the system if they remain incomplete after 90 days.

Contact our Staff

Phone: (402) 471-2337
FAX: (402) 471-0180

Margaret Brockman –
Administrator, Office of Rural Health

Nancy Jo Hansen –
Health Program Manager

  • Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX)
  • Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) 

Tom Rauner –
Health Program Manager

  • Primary Care Office, Director
  • National Health Services Corps
  • Federal Shortage Areas Recruitment and Retention

Rachael Wolfe
Health Program Manager

  • Nebraska Loan Repayment Programs
  • Nebraska NHSC State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

Deb Stoltenberg – 
Staff Assistant

Ann Larimer
Secretary/Website Contact