Nevada Primary Care Association (formerly Great Basin Primary Care Association) (NVPCA) is the federally designated Primary Care Association for the State of Nevada. NVPCA is dedicated to assisting health centers and other community health providers with the implementation of solid business practices and community-responsive programs in an effort to improve service delivery effectiveness and efficiency. Our work is based on maximizing resources, developing a strong intersection between medical care and public health at the community level, and using sound business sense in developing the capacity to serve those who do not have access to mainstream health care.

We are a non-profit membership organization that was founded in 1995. We serve Section 330 funded and prospective Federally Qualified Health Centers, tribal health centers, other primary care clinics, and community health providers throughout the State of Nevada. These organizations are located in the Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and Las Vegas metropolitan centers, as well as the frontier and rural Nevada counties that make up 87 percent of the state's landmass. NVPCA supports collaboration and coordination among existing health centers and other community health providers to improve and expand access to comprehensive primary care services throughout the state.


Our goal is to provide our members with current and accurate information necessary to service Nevada’s population, including, underserved and low-income residents. The training and technical assistance services we offer include facilitating information exchanges, outreach programs, support services, access to government resources, and speaker symposiums.


    Chief Executive Officer

    Nancy specializes in:    

    • Organization and Staff Development

    • Strategic Planning

    • Change Management

    • Community Development

    • Governance

    Nancy Bowen has a Masters of Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Ms. Bowen has an extensive background in nonprofit healthcare administration, finance, and federal grants.

    Director of Strategic Partnerships

    Karen specializes in:    

    • Primary care integration

    • Reproductive and mental health advocacy and access

    • Resource identification and development

    • Program optimization, management, monitoring, and compliance

    Karen Ford Manza has a Master’s in Public Administration and Policy specializing in not-for-profit and public financial management. Karen has extensive experience with community-based and community-driven health care, operations, strategy, and executive leadership.

    Policy Director

    Steve specializes in:    

    • Legislative Affairs

    • Geographic information systems (mapping and spatial analysis)

    • Information Technology

    • Research, Data, Policy, and Process Analysis

    Steve Messinger is a recent graduate of the Master's program in Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno where he also received undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Economics. His project work included fiscal analysis of public policies and geographic variation of health care changes in an FQHC. 

    Business Manager

    Stacey specializes in:    

    • Accounting

    • Payroll

    • Accounts Payable & Receivable

    • Contract Administration

    • Risk Management 

    • Human Resources

    Stacey Brandt is well versed in hotel management and business management. She has an extensive and diverse background in the construction industry.

    Operations and Policy Analyst

    Jonathan specializes in:    

    • Health Information Systems

    • Information Technology Management

    • Emergency Preparedness

    • Data Organization, Preparation, and Analysis

    Jonathan McDowell attended Louisiana State University, Shreveport and earned a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. Jonathan is certified as a Lean Practitioner (CLP), Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB), Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) and in Ethical Leadership.

    Program Consultant

    Dawn specializes in:    

    • Board Governance

    • Community needs assessment

    • Patient-Centered Medical Home

    • Adolescent Health

    Dawn Gentsch has a Masters in Public Health and is a Patient-Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert.

    Training & Development Manager

    Brandi specializes in:    

    • Membership

    • Training events

    • Conference planning

    • Graphic design

    • SSHIX Call Center and enrollment questions

    Brandi Johns has an Associates in Graphic Design. After graduation, she joined AmeriCorps NCCC where, for two years, she traveled across the country helping various non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Club.

    Reproductive Health Program Manager

    Diana specializes in:    

    • Title X Compliancy

    • Policy Analysis

    • Monitoring Requirements and Deliverables

    • Performance Improvement

    Diana Flores received her BSW from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Social Work in 2013. Prior to joining the Nevada Primary Care Association (NVPCA), Ms. Flores worked in a Federally Qualified Health Center in several areas such as Intake, Case Management, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention. She spends her free time hunting for research that shows eating chips is healthy.

    Program Manager - Title X

    Elicia specializes in:    

    • Reproductive Health Access and Integration

    • Grant Program Management, Monitoring, and Compliance 

    • Care Coordination for Vulnerable Populations

    Elicia Torres has a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University and is a US Air Force Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Veteran. She enjoys Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, sipping Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.

    SUD & Special Populations Program Manager

    Jennifer specializes in:    

    • Substance Use Disorder

    • Revenue Cycle Billing

    • Special Populations

    • Training

    • Procedure Development

    Jennifer Trujillo holds her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Since spring 2019, Jennifer has been managing the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant by providing training and technical assistance to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to increase the number of patients who are being screened using the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model, increase the number of patients receiving Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) services, and increasing the number of providers receiving their Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waiver to administer, dispense, and prescribe buprenorphine.In her free time, you can find Jennifer and her daughters at Disneyland eating turkey legs, riding Big Thunder Mountain, and wearing Mickey Mouse ears - except when there is a pandemic!

    Program Manager for Performance Improvement

    Reema specializes in:    

    • Health Information Technology

    • Data and Process Analysis

    • Research

    Reema Naik recently graduated with her master’s in public health with an emphasis in healthcare administration and policy from the University of Nevada, Reno. Reema provides education, technical assistance, and training on quality and performance improvement strategies for community health centers. Ms. Naik is also a coach for the Health Center Control Network in Arizona, which is a network of health centers that work together to improve access to care, enhance the quality of care, and achieve cost efficiencies through the provision of management, financial, administrative, technological and clinical support services. She is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

    Media Manager

    James specializes in:    

    • Communications

    • Social Media

    • Media Relations

    • Grassroots Advocacy

    Jim Godwin has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University and is very passionate about the Community Health Movement

  • Nancy Barklage
    Administrative and Membership Specialist

    Nancy specializes in:    

    • Board Support

    • Financial Reporting

    • Membership

    As a co-founder of a natural household cleaning products company, Nancy brings a strong entrepreneurial spirt to her work, as well as operational, human resources, financial, and customer service experience. 




Primary Care Associations (PCAs) are state or regional nonprofit organizations that provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to safety-net providers. This T/TA is based on statewide and regional needs to help health centers improve programmatic, clinical, and financial performance and operations. PCAs can help health centers and look-alikes plan for the growth of health centers in their state, as well as develop strategies to recruit and retain staff. 

The Nevada Primary Care Association (PCA) is a non-profit membership association comprised of health centers and other safety net providers in Nevada.  Established in 1995, Nevada PCA’s mission is “to advocate for, broaden and strengthen the health center network.”  The Nevada PCA fulfills its mission by providing technical assistance and training to our members.

Our members provide comprehensive, one-stop primary health care.  Members focus on prevention and chronic disease management designed to ensure the effectiveness of medical care.

Support for Nevada PCA comes from its membership, the federal government and other grants and contracts.


Membership Benefits 

Nevada PCA offers its members opportunities to network and works cooperatively with other agencies and associations to develop strategies, policies, and programs that lead to the efficient and effective delivery of primary health care to the underserved.
The association provides technical assistance and training to its members in several areas, including advocacy/policy, workforce, quality and performance improvement, health center development and expansion, and marketing.
Nevada PCA also undertakes special projects with an emphasis on creating opportunities for growth and developing solutions to address its members’ challenges.

  • Advocacy/Policy: Grassroots advocacy network, State and federal policy and legislative efforts

  • Data Analysis and Mapping

  • Patient-Centered Medical Home Consultation

  • Quality/Performance Improvement: UDS and clinical content standardization and training, Meaningful use, FTCA and HRSA quality requirements, Oral and behavioral health, Pharmacy and 340B

  • Workforce: Workforce development

  • Emergency Preparedness

  • Marketing & Fundraising: Communications, PCA marketing, Health Center Marketing

  • Health Center Development & Expansion: Planning, Site and Services, New start support

  • Training and Technical Assistance: Advocacy, Quality and performance improvement, Marketing and fundraising, Health Center development and expansion, Recruitment/Workforce development




Membership benefits and services available through NVPCA include training and technical assistance, public policy and advocacy, performance improvement programs, information technology, and organizational development initiatives. The Nevada Primary Care Association offers membership at five levels: Organizational, Associate, Corporate, Champion, and Student, which are listed in detail further below.

  1. Fill out the Membership Application and submit the appropriate document(s), dues and mail or email to:
    Nevada Primary Care Association
    Membership Committee
    755 N. Roop Street, Suite 211
    Carson City, NV 8970
    Email: sbrandt@nvpca.org


  2. The NVPCA Membership Committee will review your application and accompanying document. The committee may contact your organization or you with follow up questions to the application.

  3. At the next NVPCA Board of Directors meeting, the Membership Committee Chair or designee will present your membership application for Board review and vote.

  4. NVPCA will contact your organization to let you know if your application was approved or denied.

Download Membership Application HERE



  • Organizational members of the Nevada Primary Association is a voting membership category reserved for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), which can be Community Health Centers, Tribal Health Centers, Migrant Health Centers, and Health Care for the Homeless Programs and Health Services for Residents of Public Housing Programs which serve Nevadans, among others and FQHC Look-Alikes. Organizational members are represented on the NVPCA Board of Directors.

  • Associate membership is a voting membership comprised of any health care agency or organization that are providers of primary health care who do not meet the above criteria to become organizational members; or Other organizations that demonstrate a commitment to the mission of NVPCA through programs or activities that support the provision of comprehensive primary health care services to underserved populations regardless of the patient’s ability to pay (e.g., on a sliding fee scale).

  • Corporate membership is comprised of nonprofit or profit organizations whose core mission is to provide primary health care services to residents of Nevada with an emphasis on providing access to primary care in underserved areas. Corporate members do not participate on the Board of Directors, hold office, or vote on Association business. This is a non-voting membership.

  • Champion members (Individuals) of the Nevada Primary Care Association are individuals interested in advocating and supporting NVPCA’s goals to improve healthcare for Nevada’s underserved populations. This is a non-voting membership.

  • Student membership is available to students who are currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program of higher learning and support NVPCA’s goals. This is a non-voting membership.

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