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Contact Your State/Territorial Primary Care Office

State Primary Care Offices (PCOs) are units of state or territorial governments that provide healthcare workforce and shortage designation analysis, technical assistances, and liaison, with federal, state and local partners.


Office Primary Care & Rural Health
Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1040
Montgomery, AL 36104
Postal Address:
P.O. Box 303017
Montgomery, AL 36130-3017
Phone: 334-206-5396
Fax: 334-206-5434
PCO Director Contact: Karl Bryant, 334-206-5517
J-1 Visa POC, Contact: Jessica Gilley, 334-206-7012
HPSA Contact: Robert Jordan, 334-206-5425


Office of Healthcare Access
State of Alaska
Department of Health
Division of Public Health
Section of Rural and Community Health Systems
3601 C St, Suite 424
Anchorage, AK 99503
PCO Director, HPSA and NHSC Contact: Judy Holland, 907-334-2669
SLRP Contact: Katie Yaniec, 907-334-2423
J-1 Visa Contact: Katie Reilly, 907-754-3553


Primary Care Office
Arizona Department of Health Services
150 N 18th Ave. Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-1066
PCO Director: Edith Di Santo, 602-542-1066
HPSA Contact: Tracy Lenartz and Yahaira Pauwells, 480-549-5251
NHSC and J-1 Visa Contact: Tiffany Wong, 480-518-7947


Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Arkansas Department of Health
4815 West Markham Street - Slot 76
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: See individual contacts
Fax: 501-280-4706
PCO Director: Michael Trevino, 501-280-4563
PCO Staff:, 501-280-4529
PCO Manager: LaTarsha Thomas, 501-280-4912


California Department Health Care Access and Information
Office of Health Workforce Development
2020 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 12-200
Sacramento, CA 95833
Fax: 916-322-2588
Phone: See individual contacts
PCO Director: Jalaunda Granville, 916-326-3699
PCO Manager: Ivanna Evans, 916-326-3279
Primary Care HPSA Contacts: Elyssa Urias, 916-326-3718, and Steffi Wong, 916-326-3717
Dental HPSA Contact: Bally Nagra, 916-326-3714
Mental HPSA Contact: Darby Maas, 916-326-3712
NHSC Contact: Gloria Robertson, 916-326-3726
J-1 Visa Waiver Contact:


Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Primary Care Office
4300 Cherry Creek Drive, South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Phone: 303-692-2466
Fax: 303-758-9013
PCO Director: Stephen Holloway
HPSA Contact: Holly Mask
Primary Care Office Loan Repayment Programs Specialist: Rachel Carmen
J1 Visa Waiver Program Contact: Em Moratto
NHSC Site Contact: Maddie Cappa


Connecticut Department of Public Health
Public Health Systems and Equity
410 Capitol Avenue, Mail Stop #11 MAT
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone: 860-509-8070
PCO Director: Justin Hamrick
HPSA, NHSC, and J-1 Visa Contact: Justin Hamrick


Division of Public Health
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
PCO Director: Daniel Isom, 302-744-4827
Chief, Office of Healthcare Provider Resources: Nichole Moxley, 302-744-4806
J-1 Visa Contact: Stephanie Nostrom, 302-744-4720

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Department of Health
Community Health Administration
2201 Shannon Place SE, Health Care Access Bureau – 5th floor
Anacostia, Washington, DC 20019
Fax: 202-442-4947
HPSA and Special Projects Coordinator: Ashley Vann, 202-442-9380
Primary Care Office Director: Khalil Hassam, 202-442-5925
NHSC and J-1 Visa Waiver Contact: Geraldine Pierce, 202-442-5892
Workforce Development: Frank Valliere, 202-442-9168


Division of Public Health Statistics and Performance Improvement
Health Resources and Access Section
Bureau of Community Health Assessment
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-15
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1735
Phone: 850-617-1471
PCO Director: Jeffrey Johnson, 850-617-1471
HPSA, J-1 Visa Waiver, and National Interest Waiver Contact: Keri Andersen Taggart, 850-617-1472
NHSC Contact: Eli Williams, 850-617-1475


State Office of Rural Health
Georgia Department of Community Health
502 South 7th Street
Cordele, GA 31015-1443
Fax: 229-401-3077
PCO Director: Beth Walker, 229-276-2750
HPSA Contact: Dorothy Bryant, 229-401-3095
Other Contacts: Stephen RegisterOlakesta Outlaw, 229-401-3090


Hawaii State Department of Health
Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
1010 Richards Street, Suite 911
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: See individual contacts
Fax: 808-586-6110
PCO Director: Matthew Shim, 808-586-4122
HPSA and NHSC Contact: Caroline Kunitake, 808-733-8359


State Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
450 West State Street, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0036
Phone: 208-334-5993
Fax: 208-332-7262
PCO Director; HPSA, J-1 Visa, and NHSC Contact: Alex Prado, 208-334-5993


Center for Rural Health
Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62761
Phone: 217-782-1624
PCO Director: Kristen Nolen, 217-782-1624
HPSA and NHSC Contact: Carla Cox, 217-782-1624
SLRP and J-1 Visa Contact: Kandice Kent, 217-782-1624


Chronic Disease, Primary Care & Rural Health Division
2 N. Meridian Street, 6B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-233-7415
Fax: 317-233-7805
Assistant Commissioner: Elson Whetstone, 317-233-7679
HPSA, NHSC, and J-1 Visa Waiver Contact: Gabby Long, 317-234-5673


Iowa Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Bureau of Policy and Workforce Services
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Fax: 515-725-1016
PCO Director, HPSA, and NHSC Contact: Cristie Duric, 515-229-3913
HPSA Coordinator: Joseph Greene, 515-201-6996


Bureau of Community Health Systems, Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1000 Southwest Jackson, Suite 340
Topeka, KS 66612
PCO Director: Amy Swanson, 785-296-3135
HPSA and NHSC Contact: Britney Nasseri, 785-296-5751
SLRP and J-1 Visa Contact: Ashley Templin, 785-296-3380
Office Email:
Office Phone: 785-296-1200


Department For Public Health
Health Care Access Branch
Division of Prevention and Quality Improvement
275 East Main Street, HS1W-D 
Frankfort, KY 40621
PCO Director; NHSC Contact: Amanda Shafer, 502-564-6395
HPSA Contact: Kevin Skeeters, 502-564-5935
J-1 Visa Contact and Health Program Administrator: Kasey Padgett, 502-564-6164


Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Louisiana Primary Care Office
628 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: See individual contacts
Fax: 225-342-5839
PCO Director: Darmyra Perry, 225-342-1583
HPSA , NHSC, and SLRP Contact: Beth Butler, 225-342-6326
Conrad 30 (J-1 Visa), National Interest Waiver Program, and Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNET): Darmyra Perry


Rural Health & Primary Care Program
Department of Health and Human Services
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
286 Water Street, 5th floor
11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Phone: 207-287-5524
Fax: 207-287-5431
PCO Director; HPSA, NHSC, and J-1 Visa Contact: Nicole Breton, 207-287-5524


Primary Care Office
Office of Health Population Improvement
Maryland Department of Health
201 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: See individual contacts
Fax: 410-333-7501
PCO Director; NHSC and HPSA Contact: Elizabeth Vaidya, 410-767-5695
Shortage Designation Analyst Contact: LaToya S. Hunter, MSHCMG, 410-767-8781
Workforce Program Coordinator: Jamie L. Cardillo, J-1, SLRP


Primary Care Office
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Fax: 617-624-6062
PCO Director and HPSA Contact: Silvia Banos-Aguayo, 617-624-5633
NHSC, J-1 Visa Waiver, Loan Repayment Interim Contact:


Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
Policy, Planning & Legislative Services
333 S. Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, Michigan 48909
PCO Director: Amber Myers
HPSA Contact: Miguelina Carela-Garcia
NHSC Contact: Megan Linton
J-1 Visa Waiver Contact: Sarah Kleis


Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Phone: 800-366-5424
Fax: 651-201-3830
PCO Director and NHSC Contact: Brenda Flattum, 651-201-3870
HPSA Contact: Brenda Flattum
J-1 Visa Contact: Siham Abdellah, 651-201-3634


Mississippi State Department of Health
Mississippi Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
Phone: 601-576-7874
Fax: 601-576-7873
Director, Office of Health Policy and Planning: Rachel Sprinkle, Email:
Director, Office of Rural Health & Primary Care: Judy Newton. Email:
HPSA, NHSC, and PCO Program Coordinator: Kara Aldridge Email:
J1 Visa Inquiries: Teia McCormick,
Program Evaluator: Carmen Robinson Email:


Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
930 Wildwood Drive
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Local: 573-751-6441
Fax: 573-522-8146
PCO Manager: Aleesha Jones
Workforce Development Manager, HPSA Designations, J-1 Visa, National Interest Wavier (NIW) and NHSC Contact: Deetrilynn Galbreath
PCO Coordinator, State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) and Primary Care Resource Initiative for Missouri (PRMO) Program Contact: Nathan James
PCO Specialist, Nurse Student Loan (NSL), and Nurse Loan Repayment Program (NLRP) Contact: Christen Easter


Montana Primary Care Office
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Sciences
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, MT 59620-4210
Fax: 406-444-2750
For program questions, please contact the Montana Primary Care Office:
PCO Director; HPSA and NHSC Contact: Kate Miller


Department of Health & Human Services
Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Phone: 402-471-0148
Fax: 402-471-0180
PCO Director; HPSA and NHSC Contact: Heidi Peirce


Nevada Primary Care Office
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Attn: Primary Care Office
4150 Technology Way, Suite 300                                                 
Carson City, NV, 89706
Phone: 775-684-2204
PCO Director: Tarryn Emmerich-Choi
HPSA and NHSC Contact: Tarryn Emmerich-Choi

New Hampshire

Rural Health and Primary Care
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-4412
Fax: 603-271-4506
PCO Director; HPSA and NHSC Contact: Shawn Jackson

New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Health
Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
55 North Willow Street, 5th Floor
P.O. Box 355
Trenton, NJ 08625-0355
Phone (Mobile): 609-815-5391
Phone (Office): 609-913-5356
Fax: 609-984-3346
PCO Director; HPSA and NHSC Contact: Omolola Taiwo

New Mexico

Primary Care/Rural Health Office
New Mexico Department of Health
5300 Homestead Road NE, Suite 100
Albuquerque, NM 87110
PCO Director: Crystal Begay, 505-699-8911
HPSA and NHSC Contact: George Carrasco, 505-546-7526
Program Manager: Jasmin Hendrickson, 505-331-6866
Program Coordinator: Melanie Keams, 505-659-9588

New York

New York State Department of Health
Tower Building, Room 1695
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237-0053
Phone: 518-473-7019
Fax: 518-486-7835
PCO Director and NHSC Contact: Jonathan Wettergreen, 518-473-4700
HPSA Contact: Stacy Davidson, 518-473-7049
HPSA Contact and GIS Manager: Nafin Harun, 518-473-7049

North Carolina

Office Rural Health
North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services
311 Ashe Avenue, Cooke Building
Raleigh, NC 27606
For packages: 2009 Mail Service Center - Raleigh, NC 27699-2009
Phone: See individual contacts
Fax: 919-715-1503
PCO Director and HPSA Contact: Mark Snuggs, 919-527-6465
NHSC, J-1 Waiver, and SLRP Contact: Clint Cresawn, 919-527-6496
NHSC, J-1 Waiver, and SLRP Contact: Karen Gliarmis, 919-527-6452
NHSC, J-1 Waiver, and SLRP Contact: Maya Sanders, 919-527-6476
Placement Services Manager: Lisa Mckeithan, 919-527-6481

North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
Fax: 701-328-4727
PCO Director: Kalee Werner, 701-805-1071
HPSA Contacts: Cody Cooper, 701-328-2670 or Liza Root, 701-328-4891
NHSC and J-1 Visa Waiver Contact: Stacy Kusler, 701-777-3300


Primary Care Office
Ohio Department of Health
246 North High Street, 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-644-8508
Director: Patricia Clements, Project Director, 614-387-1245
NHSC, SLRP, and J-1 Visa Contact: Hend Mostafa, 614-466-1629
Primary Care: Megan Webb, 614-644-0203
Oral Health: Katrina Tamimi, 380-203-5599
Behavioral Health: Nick Tremitiedi, 614-644-8049
HPSA/MUAP Contact: Ryan Kline, 614-752-4787


Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Development
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr, Rm 1701
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
PCO Director: Jana Castleberry, 405-426-8624
PCO Data Specialist: Melanie Reese, 405-426-8656
NHSC/Nurse Corps: Jana Castleberry, 405-426-8624
J1 Visa Waivers: Jana Castleberry, 405-426-8624
HPSAs and MUA/Ps: Melanie Reese, 405-426-8656


Primary Care Office
Oregon Health Authority
Health Policy and Analytics
500 Summer Street, NE E-65
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-689-5321
Fax: 503-378-5511
PCO Director: Neelam Gupta, 503-559-8371
HPSA and NHSC Specialist: Liza Root, 907-331-7724
J-1 Visa Waiver Program: Dia Shuhart, 503-373-0364
Oregon Health Care Provider Incentives Program Coordinator: Jill Boyd, 541-671-9239 
Oral Health Workforce Coordinator: Jonathan McElfresh, 503-385-3075
HOWTO Grant Coordinator: Melissa Yates, 503-945-7834
Clinical Supports, Integration and Workforce Unit Director: Neelam Gupta, 503-559-8371

Pacific Basin

Pacific Island Health Officers Association PIHOA
737 Bishop Street, Mauka Tower, STE 2075
Honolulu, HI 96813
Office Phone: 808-537-3131
Fax: 808-537-6868
PIHOA Executive Director and PCO Director: Emi Chutaro , 808-537-3131
Regional PCO Coordinator and HPSA Contact: Angela Techur-Pedro, 808-753-6562, 808-200-8500


Pennsylvania Department of Health
Pennsylvania Primary Care Office
Room 1031 Health & Welfare Building
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701
Phone: 717-772-5298
Fax: 717-705-6525
PCO Director: Edward Naugle
HPSA Contacts: Tony Norwood and Belinda Williams, 717-772-5298
NHSC Contact: Danielle Novotnak
J-1 Waiver Program Contact: Jacqueline Austin, 717-772-5298

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Department of Health
Planning and Development Secretariat
PR Medical Center
P.O. Box 70184
San Juan, PR 00936-8184
Phone: 787-274-6739, ext 3708
Fax: 787-274-5738
PCO Director: Nadia Gardana-Cordero

Rhode Island

Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill, Room 410
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: see individual contacts
Fax: 401-222-3017
PCO Director and HPSA Contact: Manuel Ortiz, 401-222-7631
NHSC and SLRP Contact: Rebeca Vasquez, 401-222-1488
J-1 Visa Waiver, National Interest Waiver Program, and Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNET) Contact: Jill D'Errico, 401-222-1488

South Carolina

Office of Primary Care
South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control
2100 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-898-0766
Fax: 803-898-0557
PCO Director; HPSA and NHSC Contact: Mark Jordan

South Dakota

Office of Rural Health
South Dakota Department of Health
600 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: See individual contacts
Fax: 605-773-5683
PCO Director: Emily Paulsen 605-773-2679
HPSA and NHSC Contact, Primary Care Program Coordinator: Emily Paulsen, 605-773-2679
J-1 Visa Waiver Contact: DeAnn Sprenger, 605-773-2706


Tennessee Department of Health
Andrew Johnson Tower, 2nd Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615-741-0388
Fax: 615-253-2100
Tennessee Office of Rural Health Director: Kristina Pilgreen
Tennessee Primary Care Office Director: Marcus Flatt


Texas Primary Care Office
Texas Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 149347
Mail code: 1898
Austin, TX 78714-9347
Phone: 512-776-7518
Fax: 512-776-4232
PCO Director: Ann Barnett, 512-776-6762
HPSA/MUA Contact: Sarena Webster, 512-776-7518
J-1 Visa Waiver Contact: DSHS Conrad 30
NHSC & Nurse Corps Contact: Rhonnda Jones, 512-776-2179

U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health
3500 Estate Richmond
Christiansted, VI 00820-4370
Phone: See individual contacts
Fax: 340-773-1376
Director: Gesil Ramos, M.S., M.Ed., 340-643-8991


Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Utah Department of Health
P.O. Box 142005
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2005
Phone: See individual contacts
Fax: 801-273-4146
PCO Director, NHSC, and J-1 Visa Contact: Anna West, 801-231-3044
HPSA Contact: Kendyl Brockman, 385-454-1665


Planning and Healthcare Quality
State Office of Rural and Primary Care
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05401-0070
Phone: See individual contacts
Fax: 802-951-1275
PCO Director, NHSC, HPSA, J-1 Contact: Luca Fernandez, 802-859-5921
SORH Director: John Olson, 802-951-1259


Virginia Department of Health
Office of Health Equity
109 Governors Street, 7th Floor East
P.O. Box 2448
Richmond, VA 23219-2448
Phone: See individual contacts
Fax: 804-864-7440
PCO Director: Heather Anderson, 804-864-7426
NHSC Contact: Anna Riggan
J-1 Visa Contact: Olivette Burroughs, 804-864-7431
HPSA Contact: Anna Riggan
HPSA Contact: Justin Crow, 804-864-7428


Primary Care Office
Washington State Department of Health
P.O. Box 47853
Olympia, WA 98504-7853
Fax: 360-236-2830
PCO Director, NHSC: Claire Horton, 360-233-6107
J-1 Visa Contact: Sarah Gambrill, 564-669-1697
HPSA Contact: Randall Saylor, 360-236-2865

West Virginia

Division of Primary Care
Office of Community Health Systems and Health Promotion
350 Capitol Street, Room 515
Charleston, WV 25301-3716
Fax: 304-558-1437
PCO Director: David Haden, 304-352-5998
HPSA and NHSC Contact: Heather Tolley, 304-352-6027
West Virginia Cooperative Agreement Coordinator: Heather Tolley, 304-352-6027


Primary Care Program
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
PO Box 2659, 1 W. Wilson St.
Madison, WI 53701-2659
Phone: 608-267-1440
Fax: 608-267-2832
PCO Director, HPSA, NHSC, and J-1 Visa Contact: Jaime Olson, 608-267-1440


Office of Rural Health
Public Health Division
Wyoming Department of Health
122 West 25th Street, Suite 102 East
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: 307-777-6512
PCO Director; HSPA and NHSC Contact: Keri Wagner, 307-777-6512

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