Healthcare Workforce Development Division

Song-Brown Program


The 2013/14 applications cycle for the Song-Brown Program is now closed.

Please continue to check our website for 2014/15 program updates.


Program Registration and Application Release Dates

Family Practice (FP) Residency Training Programs: Registration begins August 28, 2013 and closes September 3, 2013 Closed

FP Residency Training Programs: Complete your application starting September 4, 2013 through November 18, 2013 Closed

Registered Nurse (RN) Education Programs:  Registration begins November 18, 2013 and closes December 3, 2013 Closed

RN Education Programs:  Complete your application starting December 4, 2013 through March 5, 2014 Closed

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) Training Programs/Physician Assistant (PA) Training Programs:  Registration begins August 7, 2013 and closes August 14, 2013 Closed

FNP/PA Training Programs:  Complete your application starting August 9, 2013 through November 1, 2013 Closed

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.



ARCHIVED: 2013 Request for Applications:

Technical Assistance Webinars:

Recorded RN webinar from December 3, 2013
(FYI: presentation is delayed for 3.54 seconds of the recording)

Recorded FNP/PA webinar from August 6, 2013

Recorded Family Practice webinar from August 19, 2013
(FYI: recorded speaking is delayed for 52 seconds)



Application Resources

Archive Updates


Manuela Lachica, Song-Brown Senior Program Administrator
Family Nurse Practitioner/
Physician Assistant Training Programs
Telephone: (916) 326-3752

Melissa Omand, Program Administrator
Family Physician Residency Programs
Telephone: (916) 326-3753

Barbara Zendejas, Program Analyst
Registered Nurse Education Programs
Physician Assistant Mental Health Special Programs
Telephone: (916) 326-3755

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

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