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HRSA develops shortage designation criteria to determine whether a geographic area, population group or facility is a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or a Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/P). HPSAs may be designated as having a shortage of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers. They may be urban or rural areas, population groups, or medical or other public facilities. MUAs may be a whole county or a group of contiguous counties, a group of counties or civil divisions, or a group of urban census tracts in which residents have a shortage of health services. MUPs may include groups of persons who face economic, cultural or linguistic barriers to health care.

The HRSA Data Warehouse (HDW) allows users to interact with data in charts, tables/reports, maps, and tools. Visit the Data Sources page for more information about where shortage area data is available in the HDW.

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Charts

Display high-level summary information about HRSA’s activities and can be used as a starting point for obtaining more detailed information.

The chart below shows the number of currently-designated HPSAs by discipline. The criteria for designation varies from one discipline to another, and there is no intrinsic relationship between them; an area may be considered to have a shortage of practitioners in any or all of the disciplines independently.

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Data Table

Summary table of key HRSA activities at the national level.

CategoryItemValueAs Of
Designated HPSAsTotal Designated HPSAs16,20107/24/2016
 (by Discipline)  
  --> Dental Health5,35107/24/2016
  --> Mental Health4,43307/24/2016
  --> Primary Care6,41707/24/2016
Medically Underserved Areas / PopulationsDesignated Medically Underserved Areas / Populations4,20907/24/2016

 

 

Data Portal and Preformatted Reports

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Maps

Visually explore HRSA-specific information, health resources, and demographic data.

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Health Professional Shortage Areas

The Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) maps show currently-designated HPSAs, by discipline (Primary Care, Dental Health and Mental Health).

Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Facilities - Dental Health

This map displays the geographic distribution of Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) facilities.

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  • Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)   
    as of 7/24/2016
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Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Facilities - Mental Health

This map displays the geographic distribution of Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) facilities.

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Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Facilities - Primary Care

This map displays the geographic distribution of Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) facilities.

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Health Professional Shortage Areas - Dental Health

This map displays designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA).

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Health Professional Shortage Areas - Mental Health

This map displays designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA).

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Health Professional Shortage Areas - Primary Care

This map displays designated Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA).

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Medically Underserved Areas/Populations

The Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/P) maps show designated MUA/Ps as well as MUA/Ps as they relate to HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) designated rural health areas.

Medically Underserved Areas/ Populations

This map displays designated Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUP).

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Medically Underserved Areas/ Populations and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Rural Health Areas

This map displays designated Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUP) as they relate to HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) designated rural health areas.

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  • Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/P)   
    as of 7/24/2016
  • FORHP Rural Areas  
    as of 12/30/2015

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Quick Maps

Simple, interactive maps intended for viewing current data at the national, regional, or state level.

  • As of July 24, 2016, there are a total of 5,351 HRSA designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) for Dental Health.
  • As of July 24, 2016, there are a total of 6,417 HRSA designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) for Primary Care.
  • A HPSA is an area where the need is acute and may be designated as having a shortage of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers. They may be urban or rural areas, population groups, or medical or other public facilities.
  • As of July 24, 2016, there are a total of 4,433 HRSA designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) for Mental Health.
  • As of July 24, 2016, HRSA designated 4,209 Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA or MUP) where residents have a shortage of health services or include groups of persons with economic, cultural, or linguistic barriers to health care.