Health Professional Shortage Areas

Health Professional Shortage Area & Medically Underserved Area Designations

Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) established under the U.S. Public Health Service Act are federal designations of a geographic area (usually a county or a number of townships or census tracts) which meet the criteria as needing additional primary health care services. These designations are based on the availability of health professional resources within a rational service area. Primary Care, Dental and Mental Health HPSAs also look at practitioners within a thirty minute travel time. MUA designations consider physicians within the rational service area along with infant mortality, population over age 65 and poverty rate. Designations usually are geographic areas, but may apply to population groups and facilities. The Office of Shortage Designations (OSD) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), US Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for the designation process. The Indiana State Department of Health, Primary Care Office, submits the HPSA and MUA designation requests and updates to OSD.  The Indiana Primary Health Care Association is contracted to do the Indiana designation work. For information on designations contact:

Natalie (Brown) Morrison, MPH
Shortage Designations and National Health Service Corps Program Director
Indiana Primary Health Care Association
429 N. Pennsylvania St, Suite 333 Indianapolis, IN 46204
Ph: (317) 630-0845 / Fax: (317) 630-0849


Christopher A. Maxey, MBA
PCO Manager
Primary Care Office
Indiana State Department of Health
2 N. Meridian St., 6B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-233-8829

Federal opportunities available to Health Professional Shortage Areas include:

  • National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs,
  • Rural Health Clinics,
  • Medicare Incentive Payments
  • J-1 visa waiver physician

Federal opportunities available to Medically Underserved Areas/Medically Underserved Populations include:

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) grants for the planning, development, or operation of community health centers under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act;
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) Look alikes which meet the definition of community health center  but are not funded but receive some benefits of FQHCs
  • J-1 visa waiver physicians

For more information on these programs.

Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas MAP 4/14

Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas MAP 4/14

Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas MAP 4/14

Medically Underserved Areas and Populations MAP 4/14

To see details about designations found on maps click here

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