Mississippi State Department of Health

Primary Care Office


The Primary Care Office (PCO) is located in the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) and has been in existence for over twenty years. Mississippi is historically a medically underserved state with poor outcomes for core health indicators. Access to quality preventive and primary care services is central to improving the health status of Mississippians. The PCO is vital to ensuring that efforts are undertaken related to the availability of primary care services for residents of the state. The office collaborates with various state and federal organizations, coordinates activities in the state related to the delivery of primary care services, and helps facilitate the recruitment and retention of health care providers.


Program Activities and Responsibilities

The Primary Care Office is responsible for:

J-1 Visas

The Office has been designated to serve as a State Contact and clearinghouse for the J-1 Visa Waiver Programs. Mississippi J-1 Visa Waiver Policies and Procedures for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Conrad State 30 Program are available.

Available on-line are:

The PCO will administer the programs in a fair and consistent manner, as well as provide technical assistance to all interested in developing either the site predetermination or actual application for placement of a foreign-trained J-1 Visa Waiver provider.

National Interest Waiver


Links referenced
Primary Care Needs Assessment    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/7357.pdf
The J-1 Visa Waiver Process    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,455,112,181,html
J-1 Visa Program Applications and Guidelines    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,112,181,html
J-1 Visa Program Forms    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,112,182,html
National Interest Waiver Application and Guidelines    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,112,672,html
National Health Service Corps    https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA)    https://www.hrsa.gov
HRSA: Bureau of Health Workforce    https://bhw.hrsa.gov/
HRSA: Health Profession Shortage Areas    https://bhw.hrsa.gov/shortage-designation/hpsas
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services    https://www.hhs.gov
Bureau of Primary Health Care    https://www.bphc.hrsa.gov
Mississippi Primary Health Care Association    https://www.mphca.com

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