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. The CHWPC meets (go to Public Meetings) three 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, 27 California family practice residency programs and 16 physician assistant/family nurse practitioner programs receive on-going support from the Song-Brown program. Song-Brown currently funds 34 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.