Office of Regional Operations

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The Office of Regional Operations (ORO) includes 10 regional offices, 1 sub-regional office in Puerto Rico, and its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

ORO's Mission

To improve health equity in underserved communities through on-the-ground outreach, education, technical assistance and partnering with local, state and federal organizations.


What We Do

ORO extends the reach of HRSA programs by leveraging knowledge of the regional landscape, proximity and networks of local contacts in states and territories.

Core Functions      

External Affairs & Outreach: ORO serves as the HRSA liaison and regional leader conducting outreach to expand knowledge about HRSA's programs and priorities and increase access to care.

Strategic Stakeholder Partnerships: ORO engages partners at various levels (federal, state, and local) and brokers relationships to advance HHS/HRSA priorities and provide targeted strategic action.

Regional Surveillance: ORO identifies and reports critical ground-level communications and information about regional/state trends to inform HRSA's operations, decision-making, and allocation of resources.

Regional Management: ORO provides administrative management to ensure the efficacy of HRSA's regional human capital, technology, and facilities resources.

Priority Activities

Community Engagement: ORO partners with and provides assistance to leaders in select communities to address specific chronic conditions, health disparities and gaps in care coordination.

State Engagement: ORO coordinates with state health offi and other state partners to increase their knowledge of and ability to leverage HRSA assets and improve population health.

Outreach and Education: ORO provides technical assistance and training to educate stakeholders, eligible applicants and targeted populations on HRSA's mission, programs and resources.

HRSA Bureau and Office Support: ORO provides assistance to grantees, represents HRSA at state/regional meetings, offers pre- and post-award support to potential and current grantees and provides information about and coordination on addressing emergent public health issues.

Special Initiatives and Partnerships: ORO develops and participates in activities to address local, state and regional needs that are in alignment with HHS and HRSA goals.

When should you contact ORO?

  • When you want to know more about HRSA programs or initiatives
  • When you need contextual information about the regional/state landscape that may impact your stakeholders
  • When you are looking for technical assistance, resources (including funding opportunities) or new partners

Last Reviewed: September 2016

HRSA Regional Offices