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Community Involvement

Ohio Dentist Loan Repayment Program

The Ohio Dentist Loan Repayment Program aims to improve oral health in dental health resource shortage areas.

This program works with dentists that practice in areas of Ohio designated as having a dental professional shortage by the Ohio Dept. of Health. ODLRP dentists have contracted through this program and agree to provide dental services for patients without regard to the patient’s ability to pay; other criteria are also stipulated through the contract. ODLRP dentists receive repayment for dental student loan debt at pre-determined amounts agreed upon in their individual contracts.

To qualify, applicants must be dental students in the final year of dental school, dental residents in the final year of residency, or currently practicing general or pediatric dentists. Funds are received from dentist biennial registration fees paid in December of odd-numbered years and are awarded every two years. Applications will be available late in 2015 or early 2016.

For more information, visit the Ohio Department of Health or contact ODA's Department of Public Service by calling (614) 486-2700 or emailing