Strategic Partnerships

HRSA’s strategic partnerships build and promote relationships between federal and non-federal entities to provide high quality, innovative, and coordinated training and technical assistance (T/TA) to health centers. Strategic partners at the national, state, and regional levels support improved quality and operational outcomes across the Health Center Program by:

  • Overseeing and developing  Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) grants, National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs), Primary Care Association (PCA) cooperative agreements, and TA consultant contracts;
  • Promoting data-driven, cutting-edge, and cost-effective T/TA resources and services across health centers;
  • Enhancing the understanding of key policy and programmatic issues impacting health centers; and
  • Strengthening and expanding internal and external partnerships with BPHC, HRSA, HHS, and other federal entities for quality improvement impact.

Health Center Controlled Networks

Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) are groups of health centers working together to address operational and clinical challenges related to the use of health information technology (HIT).

National Cooperative Agreements

National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs) are formed with national organizations that receive HRSA funds to help health centers and look-alikes meet program requirements and improve performance.

Primary Care Associations

Primary Care Associations (PCAs) are state or regional nonprofit organizations that use HRSA funds to provide training and technical assistance to safety-net providers.

National Advisory Council on Migrant Health

The National Advisory Council on Migrant Health advises, consults, and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the HRSA Administrator, concerning the organization, operation, selection, and funding of migrant health centers and other entities assisted under section 330(g) of the Public Health Service Act.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2018

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

Technical Assistance Calendar