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:

This page was last updated on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

PCO Contacts
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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