Provider Recruitment and Placement

What We Do

Established in 1975 as part of North Carolina State Office of Rural Health, Placement Services remains dedicated to the recruitment and retention of primary care providers, dental professionals, and behavioral health providers to the rural and underserved areas of our State. We have developed strong and ongoing relationships over the years with the State’s primary care residency programs across the state. All placement services are provided at no charge. ORH works with federal, state and local entities to identify shortage areas of primary care, dental or behavioral health care providers. These areas are designated as health professional shortage areas (HPSA) according to federal guidelines, making them eligible to qualify for federal funding and services.
Why Practice in Rural North Carolina?
Provider Recruitment and Placement Program Profile
HPSA Primary Care Map as of 1/3/2019
HPSA Mental Health Map as of 1/3/2019
HPSA Dental Health Map as of 1/3/2019
HPSA Combined Primary Care, Mental Health and Dental Health Map as of 1/3/2019

Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health Providers

ORH actively recruits medical, dental and behavioral health providers who can offer care in rural and underserved areas. The available opportunities are located in a variety of practice settings including Federal Community Health Centers, Rural Health Centers, County Health Departments and more.
Search for Provider Opportunities in NC
Post an Available Position

J-1 Visa Waiver Program

J-1 Visa Waiver applications must come directly from the hiring entity, not the applicant, along with a signed contract.
J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines
J-1 Visa Waiver Program Profile


National Interest Waiver Program

We do not provide the contact information to the communities, hospitals, or Health Professional Shortage Areas.
National Interest Waiver Guidelines

About Practice Incentives

The shortage of primary health care providers (including advanced clinical providers) in North Carolina is significant, particularly in the state’s rural areas. There is also a severe shortage of behavioral health providers and dental professionals who serve Medicaid, uninsured and low-income patients. In response to this shortage the state has pioneered innovative approaches for placing health professionals in underserved communities. One of these approaches has been the development of practice incentives for primary care providers.
Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Health Recruitment and Incentives

Stakeholder Meetings

Please click here to download the information/invitation regarding the upcoming NC Office of Rural Health Stakeholder Meetings on the J-1 Visa Waiver & Provider Loan Repayment & Incentive Programs.
Please note: ORH is seeking feedback for only these NC Office of Rural Health programs:

  • NC Loan Repayment Program (NC LRP)
  • High Needs Service Bonus (HNSB)
  • J-1 Visa Waiver / Conrad 30 Program
  • State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

Each speaker will be given three (3) minutes to provide feedback. There will be no dial-in option.
Written feedback is welcome. Please send written responses by April 12, 2019 to:
Karen Gliarmis, NC 2009 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-2009 or by email to

We hope to see you at one of the meetings!




February 1 2019 - Friday

NC Medical Society
Raleigh, Wake County

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

February 22 2019 - Friday

Pender Memorial Hospital
Burgaw, Pender County

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

March 12 2019 - Tuesday

Northwest AHEC
Winston-Salem, Forsyth County

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

March 14 2019 - Thursday

College of the Albemarle AE-208
Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

March 28 2019 - Thursday

Anson Community Hospital
Wadesboro, Anson County

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

April 4 2019 - Thursday

Madison County NC Cooperative Extension,
Marshall, Madison County

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Click here to register for the stakeholder meetings.

Related Program Resources

Rural/Urban Map for North Carolina Office of Rural Health
2017 Safety Net Sites Map
State Fiscal Year 2018 Provider Recruitment and Placement Coverage Map for North Carolina

Partners of Placement Services

Area Health Education Center
North Carolina Community Health Center Association
North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians
North Carolina Psychiatric Association

Additional Resources

North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs
National Health Service Corps
NCMB Licensee Search - North Carolina Medical Board
North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners
DHHS Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
North Carolina Community Health Center Association
NC Academy of Family Physicians
North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants: NCAPA
Nurse Practitioner | North Carolina Board of Nursing
NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board: Home
North Carolina Medical Society Community Practitioner Program


North Carolina Placement Services Program
Office of Rural Health
2009 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

Clint Cresawn
Toll Free 1-800-533-8847

Karen Gliarmis

Maya Sanders