Primary Care Office (PCO)
Serving Underserved Populations
The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health in the Utah Department of Health is Utah’s Primary Care Office (PCO). As Utah’s PCO, we coordinate local, state, and federal resources to improve primary care access and health care professional workforce availability in medically underserved communities throughout Utah. We focus on assessment for primary health professional workforce needs throughout the state and on directing incentives to those qualified professionals and clinics willing to care for medically underserved people in areas determined to have a provider shortage.
The services of the Primary Care Office include community support, assessment, and evaluation; National Health Service Corps site designation and support; International Medical Graduate Waiver Programs; and information relating to best care practices.
We review areas of the state and make recommendations for their federal designation as Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations. OPCRH also recommends health care professionals for placement in underserved areas.