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Primary Care Office

What We Do

The Oregon Primary Care Office is part of the Oregon Health Authority’s Division of Health Policy and Analytics and its Clinical Supports, Integration and Workforce Unit.

We provide:

  • Analysis and recognition of workforce inequities
  • Resources to expand and diversify the health care workforce
  • Support for structural changes by educational institutions, clinics, and health care systems to develop culturally responsive health care services

What's Happening

Deadline Extended Until September 1:

Health Care Provider Incentive Program Request for Grant Applications with the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Like Incentive to Educational Training Programs for Health Professionals

Since 2018, the Oregon Health Authority has allocated a set of funding through the Health Care Provider Incentive Program for a limited group of educational institutions to create scholarship programs specific to training health professionals that will work within communities experiencing health disparities.

This Scholars for Health Oregon Like (SHOI-Like) Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) opportunity provides an opening for an increased number of Oregon-based health professional training programs to apply for funds to administer a scholarship program that expands and diversifies the workforce, particularly those serving communities experiencing health inequities due to a lack of culturally specific and culturally responsive care. The scholarship program will be required to meet the health care workforce objectives set by the Oregon Health Policy Board, its Health Care Workforce Committee, and the Oregon Legislature.

The Health Care Provider Incentive Program, in partnership with the Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative, have allocated a combined $7 million for this funding opportunity. $5 million is dedicated to programs training future professionals in behavioral health occupations. The remaining $2 million will be dedicated to programs training future professionals within primary care occupations. Each training program will receive up to $250,000 per year, for up to $500,000 per application cycle.

For more information and to obtain an application, please visit the OregonBuys web page and search for the Bid Solicitation number: 5321, or OregonBuys # S-44300-00003567.
All vendors interested in applying must register in OregonBuys and submit applications through OregonBuys.

Deadline Extended: Applications are due by September 1, 2022, at 3 PM.

The Office of Contracts and Procurement is managing this solicitation. All communications concerning this RFGA must be directed only to the sole point of contact named below. Any unauthorized contact regarding this RFGA with other state employees or officials may result in application rejection.

Please thoroughly review the RFGA, and if questions regarding this opportunity remain unanswered, direct all inquiries to Heidi Tracy, Sole Point of Contact, at or 971-372-0652.

HCPIP Proposed Rulemaking

The Primary Care Office is in the process of updating the Administrative Rules for the Health Care Provider Incentive Program (OAR 409-036) based on feedback from community members, clinical sites, and health care providers. Changes to the rules are intended to make incentives more widely available to professionals delivering culturally responsive care throughout Oregon through:

  • Expanding qualifying criteria for loan repayment and scholarships
  • Increasing award amounts for the recipients who are selected
  • Strengthening prioritization language to clarify which applicants will be selected for awards to ensure that the funds reach providers who are reflective of the populations they serve and are delivering care to those experiencing the greatest inequities
  • Enhancing rule language to be more inclusive and reflective of OHA's goal of eliminating health inequities by 2030

OHA held Rules Advisory Committee meetings and made other efforts to engage community representatives to help in working through proposed changes. Details can be found in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

A Public Hearing will be held as part of the rulemaking process on August 16 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. Public comment can also be submitted through August 22 at 5:00 pm. Details can be found at the Notice linked above and on the HPA Rules page.

Find the Incentive Program that is best for you

The Primary Care Office provides access to a number of state- and federally-funded provider incentives. Not sure which is the best for you? Consult these matrices of state-funded resources and federally-funded resources that you may be eligible for.

2020 J-1 Waiver Program Report

Health Care Provider Incentive Program

The Health Care Provider Incentive Program supports the vision that every Oregon community deserves access to quality health services. This program includes the following incentives:

APPLY for loan repayment