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Office of Primary Care & Rural Health

The Office of Primary Care & Rural Health (OPCRH) advocates for quality health care delivery systems for all New Mexicans and provides information, referrals, education, health planning for New Mexico communities, grant opportunities, technical assistance, and financial assistance for health centers.


Improving access to quality healthcare for New Mexico by providing collaborative leadership and resources to healthcare and community organizations.


ImageOur funded programs can be divided into three sections.

Primary Care Programs

  • Rural Primary Health Care Act Program (RPHCA)
  • Primary Care Provider Recruitment and Retention
  • Primary Care Capital Fund (PCCF)
  • Primary Care Cooperative Agreement (PCO)

Rural Hospital and Health Network Programs

  • Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX)
  • Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)
  • State Office of Rural Health Program (SORH)

Health Workforce Development Programs

  • New Mexico Health Service Corps (NMHSC)
  • J-1 Visa Waiver Program for Physicians
  • Rural Health Care Practitioner Tax Credit Program (NMRPTC)
  • New Mexico Dental Support Center

Please view our Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Fact Sheet for a brief description of each program.

Learn More

Visit these resources to learn more about primary care and health workforce.

  • NMAC 7.29.3 — Rural Primary Health Care Act
  • Health Resources and Services Administration Health Workforce — The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis created data summaries of 11 Bureau of Health Workforce programs for recent academic years. The highlights cover health workforce training programs for nursing, primary care, oral and behavioral health, and diversity.

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