Song-Brown Healthcare Workforce Training Programs

The Song-Brown program aims to increase the number of students and residents receiving quality primary care education and training in areas of unmet need throughout California.

Primary Care Residencies

Primary Care Residencies include programs that support Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, and Pediatric Residents

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Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistants

Programs that support the education and training of Family Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

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Registered Nurse

Programs that support the education and training of Registered Nurses

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California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission

A 15-member advisory board that meets four times annually to provide OSHPD expert guidance, review applications, and recommend the awarding…

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for all Programs

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Primary Care Residencies (PCR)

Eligibility

Accredited primary care residency training programs (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, or Pediatrics), either traditional or Teaching Health Center.

Eligible programs may apply for Existing, Expanding, THC or New Program funding.

Application Dates

  • Open April 11, 2018, 3:00 PM
  • Close May 14, 2018, 3:00 PM

Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistants (FNP/PA)

Eligibility

California accredited Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant programs are eligible to apply.

Application Dates

  • Open July 16, 2018, 3:00 PM
  • Close August 16, 2018, 3:00 PM

Resources

FNP/PA Funding Meeting
  • Date January 23-24, 2019
  • Location 2020 West El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95833
Funding Awards

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Registered Nurses (RN)

Eligibility

Board of Registered Nurse approved pre-licensure (ADN, BSN, MSN) programs are eligible to apply.

Application Dates

  • Open November 1, 2018, 3:00 PM
  • Close December 7, 2018, 3:00 PM

California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission

The California Health and Safety Code, Section 128200-128241 established the Song-Brown program in 1973 to increase primary care in California. OSHPD provides administrative support to the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission (Commission) and the awarded training programs by executing and monitoring contracts, and facilitating public meetings.  The Commission recommends funding awards the OSHPD Director.

The Commission recommends funding programs that demonstrate the ability to: 

  • Place graduates in medically underserved areas
  • Attract and admit members of minority groups
  • Locate programs in medically underserved areas
Policy Meeting
  • Date June 13-14, 2018
  • Location OSHPD Headquarters, Sacramento, CA
  • Meeting Minutes 

Governor’s Appointments

  • Jasmeet K. Bains, MD 
    Representing Family Medicine Residents 
    Appointment Date: 5/23/2017
  • Rosslynn Byous, DPA, PA-C 
    Representing practicing Primary Care Physician Assistants 
    Appointment Date: 12/31/2010
  • Elizabeth Dolezal, Vice Chair 
    Representing the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development 
    Appointment Date: 1/17/2007
  • Susan Foster, MSN, FNP-BC 
    Representing practicing Family Nurse Practitioners 
    Appointment Date: 10/26/2018
  • Katherine Flores, MD 
    Representing practicing Family Physicians 
    Appointment Date: 11/25/2013
  • William Henning, DO, Chair 
    Representing Private Medical Schools 
    Appointment Date: 12/31/2010
  • Cathryn L. Nation, MD 
    Representing University of California Medical Schools 
    Appointment Date: 3/14/2008
  • Joseph Provenzano, DO 
    Representing practicing Osteopathic Physicians 
    Appointment Date: 2/26/2014
  • Deanna Stover, PhD., RN 
    Representing practicing Registered Nurses 
    Appointment Date: 7/14/2017

Assembly Speaker Appointments

  • Angelica Millan, DNP, RN/NP, FAAN 
    Representing practicing Registered Nurses 
    Appointment Date: 5/15/2006
  • Debra Sung MSPT
    Representing Consumers 
    Appointment Date: 10/25/2017

Senate Rules Committee Appointments

  • Sandra L. Baker, DNP, RN, CNE, ANEF 
    Representing Nursing Students 
    Appointment Date: 2/1/2017
  • Carol Jong, PhD., RD 
    Representing Consumers 
    Appointment Date: 2/5/2014
  • Catherine Kennedy, RN 
    Representing practicing Registered Nurses 
    Appointment Date: 11/22/2013

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act funding?

Accredited family practice residency programs, physician assistant/family nurse practitioner programs and registered nurse programs can apply for funding.

Can students apply for Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act funding?

No, funding is not available to individual students. However, students do benefit from this program if the training program they are participating in has been awarded Song-Brown funding.

Who determines which training programs receive funding from the Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act?

The California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission (Commission) which is composed of 15 members who shall serve at the pleasure of their appointing authorities:

  • (a) Nine members appointed by the Governor, as follows:
    • (1) One representative of the University of California medical schools, from a nominee or nominees submitted by the University of California.
    • (2) One representative of the private medical or osteopathic schools accredited in California from individuals nominated by each of these schools.
    • (3) One representative of practicing family physicians.
    • (4) One representative who is a practicing osteopathic physician or surgeon and who is board certified in either general or family practice.
    • (5) One representative of undergraduate medical students in a family practice program or residence in family practice training.
    • (6) One representative of trainees in a primary care physician’s assistant program or a practicing physician’s assistant.
    • (7) One representative of trainees in a primary care nurse practitioners program or a practicing nurse practitioner.
    • (8) One representative of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, from nominees submitted by the office director.
    • (9) One representative of practicing registered nurses.
  • (b) Two consumer representatives of the public who are not elected or appointed public officials, one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one appointed by the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Rules.
  • (c) Two representatives of practicing registered nurses, one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one appointed by the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Rules.
  • (d) Two representatives of students in a registered nurse training program, one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one appointed by the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Rules.
  • (e) The Chief of the Health Professions Development Program in the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, or the chief’s designee, shall serve as executive secretary for the commission.
Are the Commission meetings open to the public?

Yes, the meetings are open to the public. The meetings are held in correlation with the application filing period. 

When do training programs apply for Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act funding?

HWDD releases applications on an annual basis for each funding program. See the sections above for more information.

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