Song-Brown Healthcare Workforce Training Programs

The 2017-18 Song-Brown Application Cycle is now closed.
Please continue to check our Website for up-to-date information.

The Song-Brown program aims to increase the number of students and residents receiving quality primary care education and training in areas of unmet need throughout California.

Institutions administering residency and training programs for the following disciplines may apply for Song-Brown grant awards: Family Medicine, Family Nurse Practitioner, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Physician Assistant and Registered Nurse.

The California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission (CHWPC) is a 15-member advisory board that meets four times annually to provide OSHPD expert guidance, review applications, and recommend to the Director of OSHPD awarding contracts to institutions that demonstrate an ability to:

  1. Place graduates in medically underserved areas
  2. Attract and admit members of minority groups
  3. Locate programs in medically underserved areas

OSHPD provides administrative support to the CHWPC and the accredited training programs by executing and monitoring contracts, and facilitating public meetings.

The California Health and Safety Code, Section 128200-128241 established the Song-Brown program in 1973.

The Song-Brown program does not provide funding to individual students.

Funding Opportunities

Program Availability Dates* Web Training Application
FNP/PA Open August 2, 2017
Close September 14, 2017
Web Training
FM/PCR Open August 15, 2017
Close September 15, 2017
August 14, 2017, 2:30 PM
FM/PCR Web Training
FM/PCR Webinar 2017
RN Open October 3, 2017
Close November 14, 2017
September 22, 2017, 2:30 PM
RN Web Training
*Availability Dates open and close at 3:00PM

Application Resources


Meetings Date Location Materials
CHWPC Stakeholder's Workgroup December 19, 2017 OSHPD Headquarters Agenda and Meeting Materials
FNP/PA Funding Meeting January 10-11, 2018 Southern California Forthcoming
RN Funding Meeting February 27-28, 2018 Sacramento, CA Forthcoming
In order to view meeting materials go to public meetings

Funding Awards

The Commission 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.

California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission

The Commission is composed of the following members:

Governor's Appointments

  • Jasmeet K. Bains, MD
    Representing Family Medicine Residents
    Appointment Date: 5/23/2017
  • Rosslynn Byous, DPA, PA-C
    Representing practicing Primary Care Physician Assistants
    Appointment Date: 12/31/2010
  • Elizabeth Dolezal, Vice Chair
    Representing the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
    Appointment Date: 1/17/2007
  • Katherine Flores, MD
    Representing practicing Family Physicians
    Appointment Date: 11/25/2013
  • William Henning, DO, Chair
    Representing Private Medical Schools
    Appointment Date: 12/31/2010
  • Cathryn L. Nation, MD
    Representing University of California Medical Schools
    Appointment Date: 3/14/2008
  • Joseph Provenzano, DO
    Representing practicing Osteopathic Physicians
    Appointment Date: 2/26/2014
  • Deanna Stover, PhD., RN
    Representing practicing Registered Nurses
    Appointment Date: 7/14/2017

Assembly Speaker Appointments

  • Angelica Millan, DNP, RN/NP, FAAN
    Representing practicing Registered Nurses
    Appointment Date: 5/15/2006
  • Debra Sung
    Representing Consumers
    Appointment Date: 10/25/2017

Senate Rules Committee Appointments

  • Sandra L. Baker, DNP, RN, CNE, ANEF
    Representing Nursing Students
    Appointment Date: 2/1/2017
  • Carol Jong, PhD., RD
    Representing Consumers
    Appointment Date: 2/5/2014
  • Catherine Kennedy, RN
    Representing practicing Registered Nurses
    Appointment Date: 11/22/2013

This page was last updated on Monday, December 11, 2017.