About Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF)

Contact Us##

For more information about the Health Professions Education Foundation, please contact us at:

Health Professions Education Foundation
2020 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 1222
Sacramento, CA 95833 

Phone: (916) 326-3640

Questions or comments? Send us an Email

HPEF Staff#

Caryn Rizell, Acting Executive Director

Charise Frisch, Executive Assistant

Michael Andrijich, Program Manager

Debbie Harrison, Program Officer

  • Licensed Vocational Nurse Loan Repayment Program
  • Vocational Nurse Scholarship Program
  • Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Program
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Program
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing Loan Repayment Program
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing Scholarship Program

Harold Sterba, Program Officer

  • Allied Healthcare Loan Repayment Program
  • Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program

Michelle Crouch, Program Officer

  • Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program  (Awardees with the last name A-H)

Ivanna Stevenson, Program Officer

  • Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program (Awardees with the last name I-P)

Nadia Leslie, Program Officer 

  • Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program  (Awardees with the last name Q-Z)
  • Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship Program 
  • Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program

Public Meetings#

View the current HPEF meetings.

About Us#

Established in 1987, the Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is the state’s only non-profit foundation statutorily created to encourage persons from underrepresented communities to become health professionals and increase access to health providers in medically underserved areas. Supported by grants, donations, licensing fees, and special funds, HPEF provides scholarship, loan repayment programs to students and graduates who agree to practice in California’s medically underserved communities. Housed in the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, HPEF’s track record of delivering health providers to areas of need has resulted in approximately 17,771 awards totaling more than $219 million to allied health, nursing, mental health and medical students and recent graduates practicing in all 58 counties of California.

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