Texas Primary Care Office (TPCO) Information


Texas Primary Care Office LogoThe Mission of the Texas Primary Care Office (TPCO):

To improve the health of Texans who live in underserved areas through timely and accurate assessment, planning, and assistance, to increase access to primary care providers of medical, dental, and mental health services.

UPDATE!  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is now accepting applications for enrollment in the Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELRP).  For eligibility requirements, award amounts, and other information, go to the PELRP Fact Sheet. To download the fillable application form, go to PELRP Application for Enrollment.

The Programs:

Several programs and services are available through the TPCO to assist health professionals, clinics, hospitals, and health care providers improve access to health care services. The programs include National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and recruiting resources to help the health professional and practice site find a successful match. Applications are no longer available for the Dental Education Loan Repayment Program (DELRP) and Children's Medicaid Loan Repayment Program (CMLRP).

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) provides financial incentives to students & clinicians in exchange for practicing at approved NHSC sites located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).  They also provide recruiting assistance to approved sites.  Additional information on the programs and resources offered by the NHSC can be found on the NHSC website at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov

The TPCO Staff:

TPCO Staff is available to answer questions and assist you with information about the incentive programs, find opportunities and search for the right provider. They can be reached by e-mail at TexasPCO@dshs.state.tx.us or by calling (512) 776-7518. We know that navigating the acronyms, programs, requirements, vacancies, and geography of Texas can be challenging. We are here to help you.

Finding Jobs/Finding Providers:

www.TexasHealthMatch.com is one resource for finding job opportunities in Texas. The site allows both providers and sites to create profiles and search for the best matches. This is a free data base, hosted by East Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in partnership with the TPCO and the State Office of Rural Health (SORH). Other sites that may be helpful include: National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Job Center: http://nhscjobs.hrsa.gov; Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC): http://www.tachc.org; and The Rural Recruiting and Retention Network (3RNet): http://www.3rnet.org.

Other Loan Repayment Programs:

Administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB):

The Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELRP) provides loan repayment funds for physicians who agree to practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for at least four years.  Participating physicians must provide health care services to recipients enrolled in Medicaid and the Texas Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Also, up to ten physicians per year may qualify by serving patients in a Texas Juvenile Justice Department or Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility.  Additional information, including the application packet is available at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/lrp

Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions:

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program: Federal loan repayment program for registered nurses and advance nurse practitioners working at Critical Shortage Facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas: http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing/index.html 

Faculty Loan Repayment Program: The Faculty Loan Repayment Program helps eligible health professions faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds to repay their student loans: http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/Faculty/index.html

Texas Primary Care Office

Phone: (512) 776-7518

Last updated April 15, 2015