Who We Are

Formed in 1994, the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) is the statewide leader and recognized voice representing the interests of California’s community health centers (CHCs) and their patients. CPCA represents more than 1,250 not-for-profit CHCs and Regional Clinic Associations who provide comprehensive, quality healthcare services, particularly for low-income, uninsured, and underserved Californians who might otherwise not have access to health care.

Learn more about CPCA's history.

CPCA's diverse membership includes community and free clinics, federally funded and federally designated clinics, rural and urban clinics, large and small clinic organizations and clinics dedicated to special needs and special populations. CPCA is designated by the Federal Bureau of Primary Health Care as the state primary care association and receives federal program support to develop and enhance services for member clinics.

Our Mission

The mission of CPCA is to lead and position community clinics, health centers, and networks through advocacy, education and services as key players in the health care delivery system to improve the health status of their communities.

What We Do

We are driven to help CHCs fulfill their mission of overcoming barriers to healthcare access such as poverty, lack of health insurance, immigration status, ethnicity, language and culture, disability, homelessness, geographic isolation, and other diverse needs. These barriers continue to exist despite recent expansions in publicly supported health insurance programs for uninsured populations. Working alongside RACs, CHCs, and other stakeholders, we strive to address these barriers through programs tailored to empower health clinics offering culturally appropriate, high-quality primary and preventive health services.

Our Priorities

CPCA has developed a three-year strategic plan to carve out a new vision for the organization built on collaboration and the health center mission. Each bold step will be achieved through supporting initiatives leading us on a path towards supporting and serving as a strong voice for community health centers and the patients they serve.

Learn more about CPCA's Strategic Plan.

In alignment with our mission to position health centers as key players in the health care delivery system to improve the health of their communities, and in line with the CPCA’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy, CPCA continues in its journey to becoming an anti-racist organization by actively developing new strategies and supporting current policies that address systemic racism within and beyond our organization.

Read CPCA's Anti-racist Statement.


For further information about CPCA or if you have any questions about becoming a member, please contact info@cpca.org.