California Primary Care Office (PCO)
The California Primary Care Office’s (PCO) is a Cooperative Agreement between the Federal government and OSHPD, whose core functions include:
- Organizational Effectiveness/Foster Collaboration with stakeholders;
- Technical Assistance to Organizations/Communities wishing to Expand Access to Primary Care for Underserved Populations;
- Assessment of Needs/Sharing Data;
- Workforce Development for the NHSC and Safety Net/Health Center Network;
- Shortage Designation Applications and Updates.
The program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPR), Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Services (BCRS), and Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). The purpose of this funding is to improve primary care service delivery and workforce availability in the State or territory to meet the needs of underserved populations by supporting the coordination of local, State, territorial, and Federal resources that contribute to improving the healthcare needs of underserved populations.
This program is authorized under the Public Health Service Act as amended, Title 3, Sections 330 and 333, which provides for
- Assistance to Statewide organizations in the development and delivery of comprehensive primary health care service in areas that lack adequate numbers of health professionals or have populations lacking access to primary care; and
- Technical and non-financial assistance to community-based providers of comprehensive primary and preventive care for underserved and vulnerable populations.
The California PCO consists of three programs:
- The Shortage Designation Program (SDP) provides technical assistance to clinics and healthcare providers seeking recognition as a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for Primary Care, Dental Health, and Mental Health disciplines or Medically Underserved Area/Medically Underserved Population (MUA/MUP). SDP also provides technical assistance to clinics and healthcare providers seeking approval of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) site certifications.
- The State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) authorizes repayment of educational loans to health professionals, who in turn must commit to practice in medically underserved areas in public or non-profit entities for a minimum of two years and maximum of four years.
- The Retention and Evaluation Activities (REA) funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) enables the state PCOs to assist in the coordination of activities within their State or U.S. Territory as it relates to the retention of health care providers for a two-year period (September 2011- September 2013). The REA funds give the State PCO the opportunity to provide additional support for retention of ARRA-funded clinicians and for program evaluation to measure the effectiveness of retention activities and the impact of ARRA funding on communities, including increased access to primary health services through the recruitment assistance afforded by the NHSC and the reduction of health care workforce shortages.
- OSHPD, in partnership with California Area Health Education Center (AHEC), hosted various webinars on topics such as: (click on topic for actual webinar or click on slide set for the powerpoint slides only)
- Ethnogeriatrics | Slide set
- Team-based Care in the PCMH | Slide set
- Preventing Clinician Burnout | Slide set
- Breast Cancer Screening in Primary Care | Slide set
- Financial Planning for Primary Care Physicians | Slide set
- Veteran's Mental Health | Slide set
- One Minute Preceptor | Slide set
- Preventing Clinician Burnout: Understanding and Addressing it in Your Environment | Slide set
- Transgender Health Care | Slide set
- Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care Settings | Slide set
- Retaining Your Key Employees (for Clinic Administrators) | Slide set
- If you are interested in viewing these webinars for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit, please visit the CA AHEC website at http://www.cal-ahec.org/ and follow their registration process.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
Liz Martin, Chief
Access to Care Section
Telephone: (916) 326-3706
Hovik Khosrovian, Manager
Shortage Designation Program
Telephone: (916) 326-3734
Kyra Van Den Bogert, Program Officer
State Loan Repayment Program
Telephone: (916) 326-3632
Richard Creer, Program Analyst
Mental Health Shortage Designations
Telephone: (916) 326-3715
Bally Nagra, Program Analyst
Proactive Shortage Designations
Telephone: (916) 326-3714
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