Acronyms & Definitions

  1. Academic Year
    Means a period of time, usually eight or nine months, during which a full-time college or university student would normally be expected to complete the equivalent of two semesters, or three quarters of instruction.
  2. ADN
    Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Program
  3. AHS
    Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program
  4. Authorized Entity
    An "authorized entity" refers to a Department/Unit or person who can verify your employment and the number of hours you work.
  5. Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program

    An external degree program offered by institutions accredited by the National League for Nursing where students study part-time while working as nurses and, at the conclusion of the program, are awarded baccalaureate degrees in nursing.

  6. Bachelor of Science Degree Nursing Program

    Means an education program that leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

  7. BOT/Board

    Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

  8. BSN

    Bachelor of Science Nursing Program

  9. BSNLRP

    Bachelor of Science Nursing Loan Repayment Program

  10. BVNPT

    Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technicians

  11. Contract

    Means a written agreement between the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (hereinafter “Office”) and a recipient of a loan repayment or scholarship program that obligates the recipient, in exchange for financial assistance, to practice their profession for a specified period of time.

  12. County Mental Health Director

    Pursuant to Title 9 of the California Code of Regulations Section 3852(c), the County Mental Health Director or designee must certify that each applicant is employed in a Public Mental Health System position that is hard-to-fill or in which it is hard to retain staff to be eligible for MHLAP. The Foundation will forward your application to the County Mental Health Director or his/her authorized designee. You will find contact information for your County Mental Health Director or Designee on the Mental Health Loan Assumption Program page.

  13. Cultural & Linguistic Skills and Abilities

    Means possessing cultural and linguistic competence. Cultural and linguistic competency means the ability to understand and respond effectively to the cultural and linguistic needs brought by patients and/or consumers to health care encounters.

  14. Default

    Means the failure to make one or more payments on an educational loan where the governmental or commercial lender has accelerated payments and the total outstanding balance has been made presently due and owing.

  15. Direct Patient Care

    The provision of health care services directly to individuals being treated for, or suspected of having physical or mental illnesses. Direct patient care includes preventative care and first line supervision.

  16. Education Loans (MHLAP Only)

    Government (Federal, State, or local) and commercial loans obtained by the recipient for school tuition, reasonable educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses. Certain types of debt are not eligible for repayment, such as international loans, lines of credit, home equity loans, credit card debt, business loans, mortgages, and personal loans.

  17. Educational Loan

    Means a loan of money by a commercial lender or a governmental entity, which requires repayment with interest, and which was obtained by an individual for the purpose of defraying the costs associated with health professions education, or any prerequisite to study in a health profession.

  18. Foundation

    Means the Health Professions Education Foundation.

  19. Full Time Student

    A student who is enrolled in a semester, trimester or quarter program of not less than 12 credit hours or units or their equivalent.

  20. Full-Time Status or Full-Time Practice (STLRP Only)

    Means providing medical services for a minimum of 40 hours per week, for a minimum of 45 weeks per year. The 40 hours per week may be compressed into no less than four days per week, with no more than 12 hours of work in any 24-hour period. This does not include hours spent on call. At least 32 hours per week must be spent providing clinical services at the approved practice site(s) during normal office hours, except that, for physicians who are continuously engaged in the practice of obstetrics, at least 21 hours must be spent providing clinical services in addition to deliveries and other inpatient coverage. Absence from the practice cannot exceed 7 weeks in a calendar year except as otherwise required in order to comply with applicable federal and state laws.

  21. Graduates of Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs

    Are eligible to take the state board examination to become registered nurses in California

  22. HPEF/Foundation

    Health Professions Education Foundation

  23. HPLRP

    Health Professions Education Loan Repayment Program

  24. HPSP

    Health Professions Education Scholarship Program

  25. HRSA

    Human Resources and Services Administration

  26. HWDD

    Healthcare Workforce Development Division

  27. KP

    Kaiser Permanente

  28. Letter of Understanding

    Means a document signed by an applicant for financial assistance that indicates the applicant's awareness that the scholarship or loan repayment program requires a binding commitment to practice a health profession for a specified period of time in a medically underserved area of the state.

  29. LGBTQ

    Refers to individuals who self-identify as “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, inter-sex, two-spirit and questioning” and is intended to emphasize a diversity of “sexuality and gender identity-based cultures” and is sometimes used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual.

  30. Linguistic Competence (MHLAP & LMH Only)

    Organizations and individuals working within the system able to communicate effectively and convey information in a manner that is easily understood by diverse audiences, including individuals with Limited English Proficiency; individuals who have few literacy skills or are not literate; and individuals with disabilities that impair communication.

  31. LMHSPEP

    Licensed Mental Health Service Provider Education Program

  32. Loan Repayment Program

    Means that program of the Office wherein the Office may repay government or commercial educational loans of an eligible individual who practices his or her profession for a period of time in a medically underserved area of the state.

  33. LVN

    Licensed Vocational Nurse Program

  34. LVN to ADN

    Licensed Vocational Nurse to Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Program

  35. Medi-Cal Threshold Languages

    Means primary languages spoken by limited-English-proficient (LEP) population groups meeting a numeric threshold of 3,000, eligible LEP Medi-Cal beneficiaries residing in a county, 1,000 Medi-Cal eligible LEP beneficiaries residing in a single ZIP Code, or 1,500 LEP Medi-Cal beneficiaries residing in two contiguous ZIP Codes.

  36. Medically Underserved Area

    Means any of the following:   

    • A Medically Underserved Area or Medically Underserved Population (MUA or MUP) as designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions' Shortage Designation Branch.
    • A Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) as designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions' Shortage Designation Branch.
    • A California Primary Care Shortage Area as designated by the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission.
    • A facility determined by the Director pursuant to section 128385 of the Health and Safety Code to be an eligible county health facility or an eligible state-operated health facility.
    • A geographic area designated by the Director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development which meets one of the following sets of criteria:
      • A medical service study or urban subdivision of a medical service study area as designated by the California Health Manpower Policy Commission which has fewer than one primary care physician per 3,000 persons. Primary care physicians are licensed physicians in California who practice principally in general or family practice, general internal medicine, pediatrics or obstetrics and gynecology.
      • A primary care health manpower shortage area as designated by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of section 254e of Title 42 of the United States Code Annotated.
      • A facility determined by the Director to have a shortage of nursing personnel under section 447.42 of the Health & Safety Code.
    • (STLRP only) Means an area defined as a health professional shortage area in Part 5 of Subchapter A of Chapter 1 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations or an area of the state where unmet priority needs for physicians exist as determined by the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission pursuant to Section 128225.
  37. Medically Underserved Population (STLRP Only)

    Means the Medi-Cal program, Healthy Families Program, and uninsured populations.

  38. Mental Health Professional Shortage Area

    Means an area designated as such by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Service Administration, Bureau of Health Professions' Shortage Designation Branch.

  39. Mental Health Services Act / MHSA

    The law that funds the MHLAP program took effect in 2005 when proposition 63 was approved by California voters and codified in the Welfare and Institutions Code.

  40. MHLAP

    Mental Health Loan Assumption Program

  41. MHPEF

    Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund

  42. MUA

    Medically Underserved Area

  43. MUAP

    Medically Underserved Account for Physicians

  44. Office

    Means the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

  45. OSHPD

    Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

  46. Participating School or Institution

    Means an accredited university, training institution, school, college or program that has agreed with the Office to provide timely data and information on students who are in attendance and have applied (or are applying) for financial assistance under this chapter.

  47. Part-Time Student

    Means a student who is enrolled in a semester, trimester, or quarter program of not less than six (6) credit hours or units or their equivalent.

  48. Practice Setting (STLRP Only)
    1. A community clinic as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 1204 and subdivision (c) of Section 1206, a clinic owned or operated by a public hospital and health system, or a clinic owned and operated by a hospital that maintains the primary contract with a county government to fulfill the county's role pursuant to Section 17000 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, which is located in a medically underserved area and at least 50 percent of whose patients are from a medically underserved population.
    2. A medical practice located in a medically underserved area and at least 50 percent of whose patients are from a medically underserved population.
  49. Primary Care Services

    Means those services routinely provided by physicians who practice principally in general or family practice general internal medicine, pediatrics or obstetrics and gynecology.

  50. Primary Specialty

    Means family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics/gynecology.

  51. Public Mental Health System

    Publicly-funded mental health programs/services that are administered, in whole or in part, by County Mental Health agencies including contractor services. Applicant must work for a County Mental Health Department or in a contract agency in a program funded by County mental Health. The PMHS does not include programs and/or services administered, in whole or part, by federal, state, county, or private adult correctional entities or programs or services provided in adult correctional facilities.

  52. Qualified Facility (LMHSPEP Only)

    Means one of the following:

    • A publicly funded facility, which means a health facility, as defined by Health and Safety Code Sections 1200, 1200.1, and 1250, conducted, maintained, or operated by this state or by any of its political subdivisions or districts, or by any city.
    • A publicly funded or public mental health facility, which means a hospital, clinic, or long- term care facility licensed and/or certified by the California Department of Mental Health and/or the California Department of Health Services that is conducted, maintained, or operated by this state or by any of its political subdivisions or districts, or by any city, and that provides mental health services.
    A non-profit private mental health facility, which means a hospital, clinic, or long-term care facility licensed and/or certified by the California Department of Mental Health and/or the California Department of Health Services that is operated by a non-profit entity that contracts with a county mental health entity or facility to provide mental health services."
  53. Recently Obtained a License (STLRP Only)

    Means the physician was first issued an allopathic physician's license in any state of the United States or in Canada within 15 years from the date on which the application for loan repayment is filed.

  54. RNEF

    Registered Nurse Education Fund

  55. Scholarship

    Means financial assistance provided to an eligible individual who agrees, in return for the assistance, to practice his or her profession for a specified period of time in a medical underserved area of the state.

  56. Service Obligation

    The contractual obligation agreed to by the recipient of a loan repayment or scholarship where the recipient agrees to practice their profession for a specified period of time in or through a designated facility.

  57. STLRP

    Steven M. Thompson Physician Corp Loan Repayment Program

  58. Underserved

    Include, but are not limited to, those who are so poorly served that they are at risk of homelessness, institutionalization, incarceration, out-of home placement or other serious consequences; members of ethnic/racial, cultural, and linguistic populations that do not have access to health programs due to barriers such as poor identification of their health needs, poor engagement and outreach, limited language access, and lack of culturally competent services; and those in rural areas.

  59. Unserved

    Those individuals who may have a serious illness and/or are not receiving health services and/or those who, may have had only emergency or crisis-oriented contact with and/or services.

  60. VN

    Vocational Nursing Program

  61. VNEF

    Vocational Nursing Education Fund


This page was last updated on Monday, January 23, 2017.

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