Federal Designated Health Professional Shortage Areas
The Public Health Service Act, as amended, instructs the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to use data from national, state, and local sources and regulations based upon established criteria, to annually prepare listings of currently designated Health Professional(s) Shortage Areas (HPSA).
The DHHS may designate a HPSA for an urban or rural area that is a:
Federal Designated Medically Underserved Areas & Populations
Medically Underserved Areas and Populations identify geographic areas and populations with a lack of access to primary care services. Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) have a shortage of primary care health services for residents within a geographic area. Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) are specific sub-groups of people living in a defined geographic area with a shortage of primary care health services. These groups may face economic, cultural, or linguistic barriers to health care. Search for detailed MUA/P information in your community.
Governor-Designated Medically Underserved Areas
Governors may designate areas of their state as shortage areas specifically for the purpose of Rural Health Clinic (RHC) certification. Kansas has consistently utilized the methodology adopted by the University of Kansas School of Medicine's Office of Faculty Affairs and Institutional Research and accepted by the Office of Shortage Designation since May of 1990. View a List of Governor-Designated Medically Underserved Areas (PDF)