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Primary Care: The Health Center Program

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Partner Outreach

National Cooperative Agreements 

National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs) are national organizations that receive HRSA funds to help health centers and look-alikes meet program requirements and improve performance. They also support Health Center Program development and conduct national analyses around one of the following target audiences:

  • Special Populations
    • Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Workers
    • People Experiencing Homelessness
    • Residents of Public Housing
  • Vulnerable Populations
    • Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations
    • School-Aged Children
    • Medical-Legal partnerships
    • Extremely low income individuals who frequently and inappropriately utilize health system resources
  • Underserved Communities/Populations
  • Health centers 
    • Seeking capital financing
    • Recruiting and retaining clinicians

Primary Care Associations

Primary Care Associations (PCAs) are State or regional nonprofit organizations that provide training and technical assistance to safety-net providers. PCAs can help health centers and look-alikes:

  • Plan for the growth of health centers in their state
  • Develop strategies to recruit and retain health center staff

Contact the PCA in your state or region to learn more about training and technical assistance opportunities.

Primary Care Offices

Primary Care Offices (PCOs) are state-level offices that work to improve access to health care services for residents of their state. They know providers and sites in their state, including National Health Service Corps approved sites. PCOs can help:

  • Health centers and look-alikes connect with primary care providers seeking jobs at NHSC-approved sites in their state
  • Free clinics complete the NHSC site application for a new or satellite site
Request Technical Assistance

Health centers are eligible to receive technical assistance from a National Cooperative Agreement.

Contact the project officer listed in your Notice of Grant Award to request NCA TA.

Questions about NCAs? Send to