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Primary Care Office

Mission: Connecting Communities and Resources to Develop Accessible and Sustainable Health Care Systems in South Carolina.

The Primary Care Office (PCO) helps link medically underserved populations with primary health care providers. Primary care includes medical, dental and mental health services.

There are PCOs in every state. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the offices provide health care planning and technical assistance. PCOs always take the larger, regional health care delivery system into account when offering advice. They also encourage public/private partnerships.

South Carolina's PCO has one staff member, Director Mark Jordan. Contact him at (803) 898-0766 or at jordanma@dhec.sc.gov.

 

Questions we can help you with:

  • Can we get funding to repay a provider's loan?
  • How do we mobilize our community to work on health care access issues?
  • What is the difference between state and federal loan repayment?
  • Am I eligible to recruit a National Health Service Corps provider?
  • What is the difference between a Community Health Center(CHC), a Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)? How do I become one?
  • Is my area designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)?
  • What is the difference between an HPSA and a Medically Underserved Area (MUA)?
  • Am I eligible to hire a physician on a J-1 Visa?