Sustaining the Connections
Critical Partners in Achieving the Mission
To assist HRSA funded health centers in increasing
access to comprehensive, culturally competent,
quality primary health care services, HRSA has
developed partnerships with State, regional, and
national organizations to provide:
- Training and technical assistance.
- Operational and administrative support.
- Program development and analysis.
National and State-level partners play a key role
in HRSA's continuing efforts to make more quality
health care available to those who need it most.
These partners, supported through cooperative
agreements, bring a great deal of experience and
knowledge to the challenge of serving low-income
and underserved people. Because they engage with
a variety of safety net organizations throughout
the country at the national and State levels, they
are well positioned to work with providers, policy
makers, program administrators, and communities
to advance the goal of improving the health of the
Nation's underserved communities and vulnerable
Our national and State partners are involved in a
wide spectrum of issues that impact health centers
ranging from primary care expansion, community
development, workforce development, health
information technology, State-based health care
reform, Medicaid waivers, evidence based medicine,
and outreach. These partners are key in enhancing
administrative operations as well as the quality and
performance improvement of health centers.
The work done through these vital partners helps
HRSA make the best use of its Federal investment
throughout the country, avoid duplication of effort,
and better target resources to those most in need.
Primary Care Associations
Primary Care Associations (PCAs) are private, nonprofit
organizations whose members represent
HRSA supported health centers and other safety-net providers. HRSA supports 52 PCAs across the
- Provide training and technical assistance to
health centers and other safety-net providers;
- Plan for the growth of health centers in
their State; and
- Enhance the quality of care provided by
Primary Care Offices
State Primary Care Offices (PCOs) assist in the
coordination of local, State, territorial, and Federal
resources that contribute to improving primary care
service delivery and workforce availability to meet
the needs of underserved populations. Fifty-two
PCOs are supported in their work by health centers, professional organizations, public and private
entities, and other community-based providers of
comprehensive primary care.
The PCOs' core activities include:
- Assessing the need for health care and for
primary care providers in their State,
- Applying to have parts of the State designated
as health professional shortage areas, and
- Recruiting and retaining providers to work in
National Cooperative Agreements
HRSA also supports national training and technical
assistance through 18 National Cooperative
Agreements (NCAs). NCAs are important partners in
enabling HRSA to achieve its mission because they
are uniquely positioned to work nationally with
providers, policy makers, program administrators, and
communities to improve the health of underserved
communities and vulnerable populations. NCAs are
organizations that represent crucial connections
with targeted stakeholders: organizations focused on
health centers issues at both the national and State
levels as well as organizations focused on special
populations and programs.
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HRSA's Health Center Partners?
In 2007, HRSA's national cooperative agreement partners
included the following organizations.
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
- Association of Asian Pacific Community Health
- Capital Link, Inc.
- Farmworker Health Services, Inc.
- Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc.
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement
- Migrant Clinicians Network, Inc.
- Migrant Health Promotion
- National Academy for State Health Policy
- National Assembly on School-Based Health Care
- National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc.
- National Association of County and City Health Officials
- National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc.
- National Center for Health Care for Public Housing
- National Conference of State Legislatures
- National Health Care for the Homeless Council
- National Network for Oral Health Care Access
- National Rural Health Association