About the Alaska Primary Care Association:
In 1995, a small group of clinic administrators and clinicians visualized an organization that would see every Alaskan had access to basic health care. Their dream was that despite geographic, financial and cultural barriers, medical under-service would be a thing of the past. That organization would become the Alaska Primary Care Association, and today, Alaska has a network of safety net providers that provide high quality primary care services to more than 100,000 people. Twenty-seven organizations employing over 473 people operate about 170 clinic sites across Alaska through the Community Health Center system. Those sites serve over 100,000 people each year, providing them with comprehensive, quality primary care. This doesn't take into account all the other safety net providers who provide service without the stabilizing benefit of federal funding, or the growth to come.
APCA is supported by grants from HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care, member dues, and other grants and contracts.
Helping to create healthy communities by supporting vibrant and effective community health centers.
History and Support
A particular highlight of 2017 was the formation of a partnership with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to start an Health Apprenticeship Program. In January 2017, grant funding was awarded to APCA which will allow us to launch apprenticeships in four health professions (as a start): Community Health Worker, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, and Certified Billing & Coding Specialist.
APCA understands that the health workforce shortage in Alaska can be crippling for Community Health Centers. One way we could make a difference is in the area of “grow your own” – knowing that people from small communities who can find a good job, with fulfilling career advancement are likely to stay in those jobs for a longer time. This is good for the individual, the CHC, and for the community. The APCA Apprenticeship program will require that the apprentice be employed (preferably in a CHC), have a dedicated mentor, and experience both didactic and on the job learning.
Exams at the end of the apprenticeships will be proctored both distantly and in the APCA office. APCA will also provide apprenticeship peer learning and support – and mentor peer learning and support. Finally, all of the didactic instruction will be delivered via distance learning technology. Community Health Centers will benefit from the apprentice from the beginning, enjoying the increasing level of skills and responsibility accrued over the course of the apprenticeship.
Certified Medical Administrative Assisting
Certified Clinical Medical Assisting
Community Health Worker
Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist
Meet Our Teachers
Alaska Primary Care Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Certified Billing and Coding Specialist