Healthcare Workforce Development Division

Song-Brown Program

Upcoming Meetings

January 28-29, 2015 FNP/PA Funding Meeting
March 4-5, 2015 Registered Nurse Funding Meeting
April 28-29, 2015 Primary Care and New Slots $4M Funding Meeting
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The 2014 Registered Nurse (RN) Education Programs Capitation and Special Programs Request for Application (RFA) are now available through CalREACH (California’s Responsive Electronic Application for California’s Healthcare).

Applications for both Capitation and Special Programs are due December 18, 2014.

The Resources section will provide you with additional materials you may find helpful when filling out your applications.

The Song-Brown Workforce Training Program is pleased to announce the release of more than $20 million in funding for accredited Family Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), and Pediatric Residency Programs via state funding and a grant from The California Endowment.

The table below outlines the funding available in FY 2014-15

Song Brown Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15 In 000's

Base Funding (Ongoing)

The California Endowment (Year 2 of Three FYs)
Primary Care Residency Expansion  (Year one of Three FYs)
New Slots Expansion (One Time)

Family Medicine Training and Family Nurse Practitioner & Physician Assistant Training




Registered Nurses $2,725 - - - $2,725
Eligible residencies: Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, and Pediatrics




Eligible residencies: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, and Pediatrics




Reimbursement $400 - - - $400
Total $7,056 $6,300 $2,840 $3,901 $20,097

Watch for upcoming webinars to review the 2014 Request for Applications (RFA) for Capitation and Special Programs funding. Song-Brown staff will orient new applicants through the registration process and for those returning applicants; discuss changes made to last year’s RFA. For those unable to attend, the webinars will be recorded and posted to our website for you to view at your convenience.

Please  continue to visit the Song-Brown website, for additional information about RFA release/due dates; applicant registration; application instructions/guidance; webinars and meeting dates.

OSHPD is pleased to announce additional funding for Primary Care Residency (PCR) Programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15.

Along with the additional funding, OSHPD has created the Primary Care Residency (PCR) Task Force and New Slots Task Force. PCR Task Force members will serve as subject matter experts and help develop recommendations to implement the PCR Program. New Slots Task Force members will serve as subject matter experts and help develop recommendations to fund new primary care residency slots in California.

This fact sheet provides information on the additional funding for Primary Care Residencies.

If you have any questions about the PCR Task Force or the New Slots Task Force, please contact Melissa Omand, Program Administrator at (916) 326-3753 or at

Program Registration and Application Release Dates

Family Medicine (FM) Residency Training Programs:

  • Application release date for capitation and special programs:  September 15, 2014
  • Due dates for capitation and special programs: October 15, 2014
  • Webinar dates and times:


Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Physician Assistant (PA) Training Programs:

  • Application release date for capitation and special programs:  October 20, 2014
  • Due dates for capitation and special programs: November 19, 2014
  • Webinar dates and times:


Registered Nurse Education Programs:

  • Application release date for capitation and special programs:  November 18, 2014
  • Due dates for capitation and special programs: December 18, 2014
  • Webinar dates and times:
    • Webinar #1 - November 12, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | RN Webinar
    • Webinar #2 - November 14, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am | RN Webinar


Primary Care Residency (PCR) Training Programs:

  • Application release date for capitation:  January 14, 2015
  • Due dates for capitation: March 2, 2015
  • Webinar dates and times:
    • Webinar #1 - January 7, 2015 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Webinar #2 - January 9, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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Audio: Toll-Free Number (in USA): 888-398-2342
Meeting Access Code: 3263755 #

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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 practice residency, family nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and registered nurse (RN) 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, 30 California Family Practice Residency Programs and 13 Physician Assistant/Family Nurse Practitioner Programs receive on-going support from the Song-Brown program. Song-Brown currently funds 32 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.

Registration begins December 29, 2014 for the PCR and New Slots ($4M) funding cycle.
Click here for registration directions.

Contact Information

General e-mail Inquiry

Melissa Omand
Program Staff Manager

Primary Care Residency Programs

  • Internal Medicine
  • OB-Gyn
  • Pediatrics
Telephone: (916) 326-3753

Racheal Gastelum
Program Analyst

Primary Care Residency Programs
Telephone: (916) 326-3271

Michelle Lehn
Program Administrator
Family Medicine Training Programs
Telephone: (916) 326-3722

Barbara Zendejas
Program Administrator

Registered Nursing Education Programs
Telephone: (916) 326-3755

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

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