Song-Brown Healthcare Workforce Training Programs

The 2018-19 Song-Brown Application Cycle Dates are now available.
Please continue to check our website for updates and new 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* Resources Application
PCR Open April 11, 2018
Close May 14, 2018
2018 PCR Grant Guide
2018 PCR Webinar
2018 PCR Technical Assistance Q and A
Open
FNP/PA Open July 16, 2018
Close August 16, 2018
June 27, 2018, 3:00 PM Closed
RN Open November 1, 2018
Close December 7, 2018
October 17, 2018, 3:00 PM Closed
*Availability Dates open and close at 3:00PM

Application Resources

Meetings

Meetings Date Location Materials
CHWPC Policy Meeting June 13-14, 2018 2020 West El Camino Ave
Sacramento, CA 95833
Forthcoming
PCR Funding Meeting August 22-23, 2018 2020 West El Camino Ave
Sacramento, CA 95833
Forthcoming
FNP/PA Funding Meeting January 23-24, 2019 2020 West El Camino Ave
Sacramento, CA 95833
Forthcoming
RN Funding Meeting April 3-4, 2019 Southern California 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

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible to apply for Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act funding?
    Accredited family practice residency programs, physician assistant/family nurse practitioner programs and registered nurse programs can apply for funding.
  2. Can students apply for Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act funding?
    No, funding is not available to individual students. However, students do benefit from this program if the training program they are participating in has been awarded Song-Brown funding.
  3. Who determines which training programs receive funding from the Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act?
    The California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission (Commission) which is composed of 15 members who shall serve at the pleasure of their appointing authorities:
    • (a) Nine members appointed by the Governor, as follows:
      • (1) One representative of the University of California medical schools, from a nominee or nominees submitted by the University of California.
      • (2) One representative of the private medical or osteopathic schools accredited in California from individuals nominated by each of these schools.
      • (3) One representative of practicing family physicians.
      • (4) One representative who is a practicing osteopathic physician or surgeon and who is board certified in either general or family practice.
      • (5) One representative of undergraduate medical students in a family practice program or residence in family practice training.
      • (6) One representative of trainees in a primary care physician's assistant program or a practicing physician's assistant.
      • (7) One representative of trainees in a primary care nurse practitioners program or a practicing nurse practitioner.
      • (8) One representative of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, from nominees submitted by the office director.
      • (9) One representative of practicing registered nurses.
    • (b) Two consumer representatives of the public who are not elected or appointed public officials, one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one appointed by the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Rules.
    • (c) Two representatives of practicing registered nurses, one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one appointed by the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Rules.
    • (d) Two representatives of students in a registered nurse training program, one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one appointed by the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Rules.
    • (e) The Chief of the Health Professions Development Program in the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, or the chief's designee, shall serve as executive secretary for the commission.
  4. Are the Commission meetings open to the public?
    Yes, the meetings are open to the public. The meetings are held in correlation with the Request for Application filing period. Programs that apply for Song-Brown funding are given the opportunity to make presentations to the Commission regarding their program.
  5. When do training programs apply for Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act funding?
    HWCDD releases requests for applications (RFA) on an annual basis for each funding program. For more information, go to the Song-Brown web page.

This page was last updated on Thursday, April 19, 2018.