Healthcare Workforce Development Division

Song-Brown Program

Upcoming Meetings

March 4-5, 2015 Registered Nurse Funding Meeting
April 28-29, 2015 Primary Care and New Slots $4M Funding Meeting
May 20, 2015 Policy Meeting (Spring)
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New!The 2015 Primary Care Residencies and New Slots ($4M) Capitation Request for Application (RFA) is currently available through CalREACH (California’s Responsive Electronic Application for California’s Healthcare).

You may begin registration December 29, 2014. Registration information is available here: CalREACH Registration (Prior Song-Brown applicants will not need to re-register, please attend the upcoming webinars)

Anticipated Due Date for the PCR and New Slots ($4M) is March 10, 2015.

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.

Program Registration and Application Release Dates


Primary Care Residency (PCR) Training Programs:

  • Application release date for capitation:  January 20, 2015 Updated
  • Due dates for capitation: March 10, 2015
  • Webinar dates and times:

New Slots ($4M) Funding

  • Application release date for capitation:  January 20, 2015 Updated
  • Due dates for capitation: March 10, 2015
  • Webinar dates and times:
    • Webinar #1 - January 7, 2015 | Recorded Webinar
    • Webinar #2 - January 9, 2015 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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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, 30 California Family Medicine 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.

PCR and New Slots ($4M)
Applications are Now Open

Click here to apply
Application Deadline is March 10

Contact Information

General e-mail Inquiry

Melissa Omand
Program Staff Manager

Primary Care Residency Programs

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

Rachael Gastelum
Program Analyst

Primary Care Residency Programs
Telephone: (916) 326-3721

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

Barbara Zendejas
Program Administrator

Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Programs & Registered Nursing Education Programs
Telephone: (916) 326-3755

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

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