Bureaus & Offices
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides health care to people who are geographically isolated, and/or economically or medically vulnerable. This includes people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, mothers and their families, and those otherwise unable to access high quality 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. In addition, HRSA oversees organ, bone marrow, and cord blood donation. It compensates individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that flag providers with a record of health care malpractice, waste, fraud, and abuse for Federal, state and local use.
Nearly 90 percent of HRSA’s budget is awarded through grants and cooperative agreements to approximately 3,000 awardees, including community-based organizations, colleges and universities, hospitals, private entities, and state, local, and tribal governments. HRSA’s management and oversight of programs is organized through five bureaus and eleven offices.
The Bureau of Health Workforce administers programs that are designed to strengthen the health workforce and connect skilled professionals to rural, urban, and tribal underserved communities nationwide.
The Bureau of Primary Health Care oversees the Health Center Program, a national network of health centers that provide comprehensive primary health care services to more than 24 million people nationwide, regardless of a patients' ability to pay, charging for services on a sliding fee scale.
The Healthcare Systems Bureau encompasses a diverse set of programs focused on protecting the public health and improving the health of individuals, including: solid organ, bone marrow, and cord blood transplantation; poison control center services; countermeasure and vaccine injury compensation; Hansen’s Disease direct patient care, provider education, and research; the Medical Claims Review Panel; and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.
The HIV/AIDS Bureau administers the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides a comprehensive system of care for people living with HIV. The Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide HIV care and treatment services to more than half a million people each year.
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s programs serve more than 50 million women, children and families each year, including half of all pregnant women and one-third of all infants and children in the United States.
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy provides policy support to the Office of Secretary and supports a number of rural health programs, including rural health networks, black lung clinics, telehealth, and veterans rural health access programs.
The Office of Communications oversees communications to and from the public, including media, social media, speeches, presentations, and Web content; and also handles clearances of agency publications and reports.
Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion protects and serves the rights of all HRSA employees, applicants and beneficiaries of federal funds by enforcing federal laws, policies and practices prohibiting discrimination.
Office of Federal Assistance Management
The Office of Federal Assistance Management provides assurance of the financial integrity of HRSA's grant programs, and oversees HRSA grant activities to ensure they are managed in an efficient and effective manner.
The Office of Global Health is HRSA's point of contact with the HHS Office of Global Affairs to improve the health of Americans through global action.
The Office of Health Equity works across the agency to reduce health disparities and improve health equity through HRSA programs and policies.
Office of Legislation
The Office of Legislation serves as the Administrator's primary staff and principal source of advice on legislative affairs, which includes preparation of testimony to Congressional Committees, developing legislative proposals, and facilitating communication between the Administrator and HHS leadership on legislative matters.
Office of Operations
The Office of Operations provides an array of essential agency-wide centralized financial, acquisitions, IT, budget, management, human resource, and administrative services to HRSA's bureaus and offices.
The Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation serves as an agency source for policy analysis, performance data, organizational planning, external agency engagements, research, and evaluation.
The Office of Regional Operations provides regional, state and community training and technical assistance through HRSA's ten regional offices.
The Office of Women's Health works within and outside of HHS to improve the health, wellness, and safety of women.
Last Reviewed: December 2016