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Primary Care in Utah
Primary Care Offices (PCOs) work through a cooperative agreement with the Office of State and External Affairs, Bureau of Primary Health Care
(BPHC), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration, United States
Department of Health and Human Services. The "sister" organization to the PCO is the Primary Care Association (PCA). In Utah, the PCA is the
Association for Utah Community Health.
For general information on the Primary Care Office activities, you can review the "State Primary Care Office Fact Sheet".
PCOs are funded to:
- Improve primary care access of underserved and vulnerable populations
- To achieve the vision of 100% access to preventive and primary care services
- To achieve the vision of 0% health disparities in every community across the country.
- To enhance collaboration between the State, Federal, local and private sectors working to improve health status.
The PCO seeks to accomplish these tasks through the following activities/programs:
Primary Care Needs Assessment
The expectation to analyze unmet need for preventive and primary care services and major health disparities
involves the identification of communities and populations within the state that lack access to primary and preventive care using health data and other information. In addressing this challenge, a set of Primary Care Needs Indicators was developed. Communities can use this information
and other organizations to procure grant funds, for community development and planning, as well as other activities to address disparities.
It is clearly recognized that there are limitations to a data-only needs assessment. The second part of
this project is underway and entails a qualitative Community Analysis (LINK PENDING COMPLETION OF COMMUNITY ANALYSIS). The
community analysis consists of results of surveys and summaries of community focus groups that are collected
on a county basis.
Health Professional Shortage Area Designations
The PCO is responsible for the preparation and submission of federally-designated shortage areas.
Utah's Shortage Designations
are updated on an on-going basis. More information is available from the federal Shortage Designation Branch.
Clearly, culturally and linguistically appropriate health services are essential ingredients in quality
health care. Cultural and linguistic factors are crucial contributors to the development and delivery of quality care to all people. These factors are especially important in our pursuit of the total elimination of health disparities in ethnic and racial communities.
The PCO is responsible for the cultural competency and diversity training, through it's federal grant. You can obtain additional information on Cultural Competency and Diversity Resources by clicking on the Cultural Competency button to the left.
Training and Workshops
The Office offers:
- Community-Based Recruitment and Retention Training
- Cultural Competency Training
- Grant Writing Training
- Community Assessment Technical Assistance
State Primary Care Grants Program for Medically Underserved Populations
This state-funded program was created to increase access to appropriate, high quality, cost-effective
primary health care. It targets Utah's low-income individuals and families who:
- Do not have health insurance
- Have limited health insurance
- Cannot qualify for public insurance
This often includes the working poor, chronically ill, homeless, migrant workers, ethnic/racial groups,
single-parent families, and the elderly.
The program has been very successful, in that it has:
- Decreased emergency room use
- Improved health outcomes
- Reduced inpatient admission rates, and
- Lowered incidence of disease and disability
Your can also view a web page with more details on the State Primary Care Grants Program for Medically Underserved Populations by clicking to the left.
State Primary Care Grants Program FY 2013-2014 Applications
- For a copy of the State Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Application for the State Primary Care Grants Program for Medically Underserved Populations please CLICK HERE.
Applications are due to the
Utah Department of Health no later than
5:00 p.m. on Monday, MAY 20, 2013.
- A copy of the "2013-2014 Maximum Eligible Application Amount by Agency and Project" table. This will help Applicants determine the maximum funding they are eligible to apply for for the 2013-2014 State Primary Care Grants Program funding cycle.
- A copy of the "Score Sheet and Criteria" for Review of Applications used by the State Primary Care Grants Program is available here for review.
- A copy of the "Definitions Used" by the State Primary Care Grants Program is part of the State Primary Care Grants Program Application and is available here. The "Definitions" will assist you in determining responses in the Application.
- A copy of the "Services to be Provided" table is part of the State Primary Care Grants Program Application. The "Services to be Provided" lists those primary care services recognized by the State Primary Care Grants Program.
- A copy of the "Determination of 200% of Federal Poverty Level" table is part of the State Primary Care Grants Program. The "Determination of 200% of Federal Poverty Level" table was developed annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is used by the State Primary Care Grants Program for Medically Underserved Populations in determining eligible uninsured and underinsured status of clients.
For a copy of the forms section of the 2013-2014 Application are available here in "WORD", "WORD PERFECT", AND Adobe Acrobat.
For general information on the State Primary Care Grants Program for Medically Underserved Populations activities, you can review the State Primary Care Grants Program for Medically Underserved Populations Fact Sheet.
Cumulative Data, State Primary Care Grants Program for Medically Underserved Populations, as of 09/29/2011.
To view only Fiscal Year 2012-2013 2012-2013 Awards or go to http://health.utah.gov/primary_care/pdfs/PrimaryCare/2012-2013-SPCGP-AWARDS-FOR-WEB.pdf, for the State Primary Care Grants Program for Medically Underserved Populations please click above.
Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (FY 12-13)Progress Reports are cumulative and due to our office as follows:
A copy of the 2012-2013 Progress Reports are available here in Adobe Acrobat or go to http://health.utah.gov/primary_care/pdfs/PrimaryCare/2012-2013SPCGPProgressReport.pdf, Rich Text or go to http://health.utah.gov/primary_care/pdfs/PrimaryCare/2012-2013SPCGPProgressReport.doc, and WordPerfect or go to http://health.utah.gov/primary_care/pdfs/PrimaryCare/2012-2013SPCGPProgressReport.wpd.
- Progress Report Covering the Period: July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
DUE: October 15, 2012,
- Progress Report Covering the Period: July 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
DUE: January 15, 2013, and
- Progress Report Covering the Period: July 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.
DUE: April 15, 2013, and
- Final Progress Report Covering the Period: July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.
DUE: July 15, 2013.
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