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Primary Care Office

The purpose of the Primary Care Office (PCO) is to improve access to primary care services and increase health care workforce availability to meet the needs of Ohio's underserved communities. Areas of need are identified through the PCO's coordination of the federal designation process for Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/P). These designations are required for health care providers to apply for federal and state recruitment/retention programs as well as Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) funding.

To inform its work, the PCO is charged with preparing a Statewide Primary Care Needs Assessment. The goal of the assessment is to identify Ohio communities with the greatest unmet healthcare needs, disparities, health workforce shortages and barriers to accessing care.

The PCO also provides technical assistance and fosters collaboration to expand access to primary care. This work includes coordination of the National Health Service Corps programs for Ohio, as well as state workforce programs, including the Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program and the J-1 Visa Waiver Program. Additionally, the PCO encourages local, state and federal coordination in planning and development of FQHCs and other safety net services. 


Mailing Address:           

Ohio Department of Health
Primary Care Office
246 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Telephone: (614) 644-8508
Fax: (614) 564-2432


Last Updated:  6/27/2016

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