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To ensure the District’s Primary Care workforce meets DC residents’ need for primary care, the DOH engages in and provides funding, as available, for projects related to developing the Districts primary care workforce, including both clinical and non-clinical fields.
In 2011, the DOH partnered with the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) and community partners to apply for and implement a grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a state-wide plan for developing the primary care workforce, with an emphasis on training District residents for careers in primary care. The DOH is currently working with partners to disseminate and implement the state-wide plan.
Prior to the planning effort, in 2010, the DOH provided funding to the DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA) to develop a Community Health Worker curriculum. The grant funding provided support for the Community Health Worker certification program currently being offered by the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) in partnership with DCPCA.
Please contact the Primary Care Bureau at: (202) 442-9350 with questions regarding primary care workforce development activities.