Welcome to the State Primary Care Office
Florida's State Primary Care Office coordinates local, state and federal resources to improve primary care access and health professional workforce availability in medically underserved communities throughout Florida. The State Primary Care Office is funded through a Primary Care Services Resource Coordination and Development Cooperative Agreement between the Florida Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.
Florida's Primary Care Office also facilitates the "Community Health Center Access Program Act", Florida Statute 409.91255, a program of distribution of financial assistance for the expansion of Florida's federally qualified health centers for the purpose of providing primary and preventive health care and urgent care services to medically underserved Floridians. "The Community Health Center Access Program Act" supports the coordination of federal, state and local resources to assist health centers in developing expanded community-based primary care delivery systems.
The State Office of Primary Care Office reviews areas of the state and makes recommendations for their federal designation as Health Professional Shortage Areas (primary care, dental and mental health), and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations. The State Primary Care Office recommends health professionals for placement in underserved areas, including the National Health Service Corps and the J-1 Visa Waiver (State 30) Program. Below are links to information regarding health shortage designations and health professional recruitment and placement.
The National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network - 3RNet.org
Florida is a member of 3RNet, a nationally recognized rural recruitment and retention network that assists states with the recruitment of health professionals for rural and underserved areas. Florida’s membership in 3RNet provides a common web portal for health care practitioners nationwide to identify opportunities in Florida’s rural and underserved communities. It will also allow community organizations such as county health departments, community health centers, hospitals, and others that are seeking physicians, dentists, nurses, mental health, EMS, and allied health professionals to post information about specific job opportunities on a central site.
Employers/ Candidates Please register here:
Membership in 3RNet is sponsored by the Florida Office of Rural Health whose responsibilities include promoting the location and relocation of health care practitioners in rural areas. The Office of Rural Health works in cooperation with the Florida State Primary Care Office whose staff maintains Florida’s page on the 3RNet website.
The Florida Association of Community Health Centers
A Partner in Improving Access to Primary Health Care for Medically Underserved Florida Communities
Florida's Primary Care Office partners with the Florida Association of Community Health Centers (FACHC), to identify areas of the state that are in greatest need of increased primary health care services, to identify growth opportunities among existing community health centers to meet identified need, and provide education, consultation and facilitation to communities and health care providers in community development and community health center development.
For more information:
Florida Department of Health
PH: (850) 245-4446
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