Healthcare Workforce Development Division

Song-Brown Program

Upcoming Meetings

October 13-14, 2015 Family Medicine Funding Meeting | San Diego, CA | Doubletree by Hilton
November 9, 2015 PCR Funding Meeting | Sacramento, CA | CA State Lottery 700 N 10th St.
January 13-14, 2016 FNP/PA Funding Meeting | Anaheim, CA | Embassy Suites Anaheim South
February 17-18, 2016 RN Funding Meeting
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Song-Brown Program Information

The Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act (Song-Brown Program) was established in 1973 under the Health and Safety Code Section 128200-128241 of the California Health and Safety Code to increase the number of family physicians to provide needed medical services to the people of California. The program:

  • Encourages universities and primary care health professionals to provide healthcare in medically underserved areas, and
  • Provides financial support to family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, and pediatric residency programs, family nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and registered nurse education programs throughout California

The Song-Brown program is aided by the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission (CHWPC). CHWPC is a 15-member citizen advisory board that provides expert guidance and statewide perspectives on health professional education issues, reviews applications and recommends contract awards to the Director of OSHPD. The CHWPC meets (go to Public Meetings) four times annually.

OSHPD provides administrative support to the CHWPC and the accredited training programs by executing contracts, facilitating Public Meetings, performing site visits, and assisting with periodic review and updates of Medical Service Study Areas.

Annual Application Process

Accredited training programs must submit applications on a periodic basis to continue to receive program funding. At present, 42 California Family Medicine (FM) Residency Programs, 9 Primary Care Residency (PCR) Programs, and 18 Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Programs receive on-going support from the Song-Brown program. Song-Brown currently funds 33 registered nurse education programs (ADNs, BSNs and MSNs) to improve access to healthcare services. The Song-Brown Program does not provide funding to individual students.


The Song-Brown Program is excited to announce that we will now be actively recruiting for Subject Matter Experts (SME) to join our Application review team year-round. You may be asked to review up to 15 applications for either of our four disciplines; Family Medicine, Primary Care Residencies (Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics), Family Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants, or Registered Nurses. We are looking for reviewers from a variety of different healthcare fields. Please see the application below for more information and to apply.

Funding Awards

The CHWPC reviews and awards programs that best demonstrate a commitment to Song-Brown goals throughout the year. Please see the links below to view the newest awards.

2015 Application Release Dates

Family Medicine (FM) Training Programs:

  • Application Release Date: June 30, 2015
  • Due Date: July 30, 2015
  • Webinar dates and times:

Primary Care Residency (PCR) Training Programs:

  • Application Release Date: July 31, 2015
  • Due Date: August 31, 2015
  • Webinar dates and times:
    • Webinar #1 - July 22, 2015 | 2:30 PM | PowerPoint
    • Webinar #2 - July 29, 2015 | 10:30 AM

FNP/PA Training Programs:

  • Application Release Date: September 1, 2015
  • Due Date: October 1, 2015
  • Webinar dates and times:
    • Webinar #1 - August 19, 2015 | 2:00 PM | PowerPoint | Webinar
    • Webinar #2 - August 26, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Registered Nurse Education Programs:

  • Application Release Date: October 21, 2015
  • Due Date: November 23, 2015
  • Webinar dates and times:
    • Webinar #1 - October 6, 2015 | 2:30 PM | Powerpoint
    • Webinar #2 - October 7, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Join a webinar

Audio: Toll-Free Number (in USA): 888-808-6929
Meeting Access Code: 2721863 #

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The 2015 RN application
cycle is now open

Click here to apply
The 2015 FNP/PA application
cycle is now closed

Contact Information

General e-mail Inquiry

Melissa Omand
Program Staff Manager

Telephone: (916) 326-3753

Racheal Gastelum
Program Analyst

Family Medicine Residency Programs
Telephone: (916) 326-3722

Tyfany Frazier
Program Coordinator
Telephone: (916) 326-3754

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Page last revised: September 29, 2015 7:59 AM