The Georgia Primary Care Association (GPCA) is a membership organization for all Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the state of Georgia. GPCA is designated as the state Primary Care Association (PCA) by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There are similar organizations representing every state in the nation.
GPCA was founded in 1977 and is a statewide organization located in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. GPCA is quite familiar and knowledgeable about the relevant rules and regulations governing FQHC – Section 330 organizations. GPCA is very active in the development of various operational models for FQHC organizations. GPCA provides direction and leadership for required community development activities that are related to both the development of new start FQHC organizations and operations of existing FQHC organizations.
GPCA represents all 34 HRSA funded Georgia FQHC organizations. Collectively, the Georgia FQHC organizations have approximately 225 clinic sites in 120 counties in the state. Our mission is to improve access to comprehensive primary health care services for all medically underserved Georgians and to support the continued development and expansion of community-based health center practice systems (or FQHCs) throughout the state.
GPCA works with its members to:
- Share information
- Provide training and technical assistance
- Assist in reaching legislators
- Develop networks
- Develop new health centers for underserved Georgians
Much of GPCA’s success is the result of the general and overall cooperative approach. GPCA as well as the individual FQHC members have made efforts to work in concert with other health care organizations in Georgia including the Georgia Rural Health Association, the Georgia Hospital Association and many other organizations and individuals. Our organization has also made efforts to educate Georgia’s elected officials regarding the work of GPCA and the member FQHC organizations. These efforts have allowed greater involvement with our elected officials, both state and federal, and have resulted in GPCA and the FQHC organizations being included as stakeholders in health care reform and health delivery changes throughout Georgia.