Bureau of Primary Health Care

Bureau Of Primary Health Care

Bureau of Primary Health Care

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The Bureau of Primary Health Care is a part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. For more than four decades, HRSA has helped fund, staff and support a national network of health clinics serving millions of people who otherwise would have little or no access to care. Its mission is to improve the health of the Nation's underserved communities and vulnerable populations by assuring access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services.

The Bureau is headed by Associate Administrator Jim Macrea, Senior Advisior Tracey Orloff and Chief Medical Advisor Seiji Hayashi. For more information on BPHC staff, go to: http://www.hrsa.gov/about/organization/bureaus/bphc/keystaff.html

History

HRSA’s Primary Health Care Programs have their roots in the Migrant Health Act of 1962 and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which established funding for the first community-based clinics that were to become today’s Health Center Program. The National Hansen’s Disease Program, formerly the National Leprosarium, was established in 1921. More recently, the Free Clinics Medical Malpractice Program was established in 2004.

The Bureau of Primary Health Care was reorganized and restructured to become more organized and efficient. This resulted in creation of the Office of Minority and Special Populations, the...
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