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Online processing of shortage designation applications suspended

Daily updates of Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) data have been suspended and are scheduled to resume on March 21, 2015. Please direct any questions to your State Primary Care Office and/or the appropriate Shortage Designation Project Officer.

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Shortage Areas

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 HPSAs15,12901/01/2015
 (by Discipline)  
  --> Dental Care2,83001/01/2015
  --> Dental Health2,14201/01/2015
  --> Mental Health4,07101/01/2015
  --> Primary Care6,08601/01/2015
Medically Underserved Areas / PopulationsDesignated Medically Underserved Areas / Populations4,18803/03/2015

 

 

Data Portal and Preformatted Reports

Select, sort, export and view available data by spreadsheet or preformatted reports.

Selected Shortage Area reports are under construction and temporarily unavailable. Links for these reports are scheduled to become available again in late February 2015.

  • Basic HPSA Reports: Dental Care – Data Portal | Preformatted Report
  • Basic HPSA Reports: Mental Health Care – Data Portal | Preformatted Report
  • Basic HPSA Reports: Primary Medical Care – Data Portal | Preformatted Report
  • Detailed HPSA Reports: Dental Care – Data Portal | Preformatted Report
  • Detailed HPSA Reports: Mental Health Care – Data Portal | Preformatted Report
  • Detailed HPSA Reports: Primary Health Care – Data Portal | Preformatted Report
  • Health Center Program Look-Alike Service Sites – Preformatted Report
  • HPSA in State Due to Update: Dental Care – Data Portal Preformatted Report
  • HPSA in State Due to Update: Mental Health Care – Data Portal Preformatted Report
  • HPSA in State Due to Update: Primary Medical Care – Data Portal Preformatted Report
  • Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/P) – Data Portal | Preformatted Report
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Maps

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

Map Gallery

Easy access to preformatted, non-interactive maps supplied in PDF format.

Health Professional Shortage Areas

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

Health Professional Shortage Area gallery maps are under construction and temporarily unavailable. Links for these maps are scheduled to become available again in late February 2015.

BHPR HPSAs PC
BHPR HPSAs DC
BHPR HPSAs MH

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.

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MUA RuralHealthArea

Quick Maps

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

Health Professional Shortage Area quick maps are under construction and temporarily unavailable

  • As of January 1, 2015, there are a total of 2,830 HRSA designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) for Dental 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 January 1, 2015, there are a total of 4,071 HRSA designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) for Mental Health.
  • As of March 2, 2015, HRSA designated 4,188 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.
  • As of January 1, 2015, there are a total of 2,142 HRSA designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) for Dental Health.
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