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Bureau of Health Workforce

The Bureau of Health Workforce programs help America build a health care workforce prepared and eager to improve the public health by expanding access to quality health services and working to achieve health equity. 

The Bureau of Health Workforce was created in May 2014, integrating HRSA workforce programs previously housed in two bureaus: Health Professions and Clinician Recruitment and Service.

Scholarship, Loan and Loan Repayment Programs for Health Professionals

The Bureau of Health Workforce addresses the nationwide shortage of primary health care providers through scholarship, loan and loan repayment programs that help underserved communities recruit and retain health professionals. They include:

Shortage Designation

The Bureau of Health workforce manages the designation of Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations which determine eligibility for Federal programs including the Health Center Program, Rural Health Clinic Program, Medicare HPSA Bonus Payment and the Exchange Visitor and Conrad State 30 programs.  The Bureau coordinates with State partners to assure consistent and accurate assessment of underservice, including data collection and analysis. Learn more: Shortage Designation

Health Professions Training Grants

Health workforce grant programs support primary care training programs in  increasing diversity, encouraging clinicians to practice in underserved areas, and preparing health care providers equipped to meet the needs of the aging U.S. population. 

The health professions training programs address current shortages of both clinicians and faculty and also work to increase the diversity of the health workforce. Learn more: Health Professions Training Grants

Health Workforce Analysis

Targeted workforce studies document and project shortages and other trends that influence the adequacy of the U.S. health care system to meet current and future needs. The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis examines issues that impact the supply, demand, distribution, and education of the Nation’s health workforce and provides policymakers with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding the health professions workforce and provision of care. Learn more: National Center for Health Workforce Analysis

Graduate Medical Education

Teaching Health Centers train medical and dental residents in community-based ambulatory patient care settings. HRSA provides grant funding to defer the costs of graduate medical education. Learn more: Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program

HRSA helps the nation's freestanding children's hospitals meet the costs of providing graduate medical education. Medicare supports other teaching hospitals meet those costs, but because children's hospitals treat almost no Medicare patients, they are not eligible for those funds. Learn more: Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program

National Practitioner Data Bank

The Data Bank improves health care quality, protects the public and reduces fraud and abuse. Learn more: The Data Bank

Did You Know?
  • The U.S. faces shortages of primary care physicians, dentists, nurses, public health and other health professionals.
  • The Nation’s health care workforce does not currently reflect the diversity of the population that it serves. 
  • The aging of the population is a significant trend that requires retooling the health workforce to deal with geriatric issues.
  • 8,900 National Health Service Corps clinicians are providing health care to more than 9.3 million people across the nation and nearly 1,100 NHSC scholarship recipients are preparing to practice in underserved areas.
  • More than 2,500 NURSE Corps nurses are providing care where they are needed most and an additional 720 NURSE Corps scholarship recipients will begin their service once they complete their training.