The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthy communities and achieving health equity. HRSA’s programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.
This includes people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, mothers, and their families and those in need of high quality primary health care. HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery.
HRSA oversees organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation. It compensates individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice, waste, fraud and abuse.
Since 1943 the agencies that were HRSA precursors have worked to improve the health of needy people. HRSA was created in 1982, when the Health Resources Administration and the Health Services Administration were merged.
Healthy Communities, Healthy People
To improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs.
Goal I: Improve Access to Quality Care and Services.
Goal II: Strengthen the Health Workforce.
Goal III: Build Healthy Communities.
Goal IV: Improve Health Equity.
Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN
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Rockville, MD 20857
$8.4 billion in FY 2013
HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services