OPCA provides technical assistance, training and support to health centers. We work closely with health centers on continual quality improvement, and to develop and test new models and methods to further improve health outcomes and lower system-wide costs.
In addition to focusing on continually improving medical care, much of our work involves helping providers better understand the circumstances of their patients’ lives and address the social determinants of health and behavioral health risk factors. Challenges such as poverty and homelessness, cultural and language barriers, rural or social isolation, and chronic mental illness often have an outsized impact on our patients’ health.
Together with health centers across the state, we work to understand and help address these challenges in the clinic, through community partnerships, and through our involvement in public policy.