The Colorado Health Service Corps recently awarded $2.6 million in student loan repayment funds to 50 new health care professionals who will, in exchange, practice in some of Colorado's most medically underserved communities for the next three years.
Recipients included Rebecca Benzel, LPC, and Debra Taylor, LPC, both with the Center for Mental Health in Delta.
The state health department oversees the Colorado Health Service Corps in its effort to recruit and retain health care professionals for those communities with the greatest need. Primary care physicians, psychiatrists and general dentists may be eligible for educational loan debt forgiveness of as much as $90,000. Physician assistants, advanced practice nurses and licensed mental health professionals may be eligible for as much as $50,000, and dental hygienists may receive as much as $20,000.
The corps is accepting new applications for the program until Sept. 30. To participate, health care professionals must be employed in an outpatient primary care practice in an area of Colorado with a health professional shortage area designation. For more information, go to Colorado Health Service Corps.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.