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The Office of Primary Care & Rural Health DevelopmentElderly woman getting eye examined

Fact Sheet

The Oklahoma Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Development (PCO), is federally funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and Bureau of Health Professions (BHPR).  A Primary Care Services Resources Coordination and Development grant helps the PCO promote federal, state, local and private collaboration in expanding comprehensive, culturally competent, community-based primary health care services for medically underserved populations.  


The PCO's mission is to promote and improve the health status of the citizens of Oklahoma by advocating and promoting the availability of comprehensive primary health care access, by building community health systems capacity, supporting effective community health care practices, aiding in recruitment and retention of health care providers, assessment of areas having a shortage of health professionals, reducing health disparities, and promoting the development and establishment of state and national health policies that correspond to the improvement of health status outcomes.  

Program Priorities

Who We Serve

  • Communities and the medically underserved,
  • Critical access hospitals,
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC's),
  • Local Physician and Community Practices,
  • Rural health clinics and rural hospitals, and
  • Other state, county and local government agencies.

What We Offer

  • State funding reimbursement to FQHC's,
  • Demographics and health statistics data support and GIS,
  • State funding for new community health centers,
  • Health professional shortage area designations,
  • Medically underserved area/population designations,
  • J-1 Visa Waiver Program/National Interest Waiver Program,
  • Policy information,
  • Recruitment and retention services,
  • Resource development technical support,
  • Rural health clinic designations, and
  • Tort coverage for physicians in free clinics.


Contact Information:
Espaniola Bowen, BS, MCJA, M.Ed
1000 NE 10th Street, Room 516

Oklahoma City 73117-1299
Phone: (405) 271-8427
Cell:  (405) 312-0521

Fax: (405) 271-1225
E-Mail:  EspaB@health.ok.gov


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