I. Agency Mission

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) programs provide equitable health care to people who are geographically isolated and economically or medically vulnerable. This includes programs that deliver health services to people with HIV, pregnant people, mothers and their families, those with low incomes, residents of rural areas, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and those otherwise unable to access high-quality health care. HRSA programs also support health infrastructure, including through training of health professionals and distributing them to areas where they are needed most, providing financial support to health care providers, and advancing telehealth. In addition, HRSA oversees programs for providing discounts on prescription drugs to safety net providers, facilitating organ, bone marrow, and cord blood transplantation, compensating individuals injured by vaccination, and maintaining data on health care malpractice payments.

Nearly 90% of HRSA’s budget is awarded through grants and cooperative agreements to more than 3,000 grantees, including community-based organizations, colleges and universities, hospitals, state, local, and tribal governments, and private entities.

HRSA’s Bureaus and Offices each contribute to its overall mission and goals:

  • The Bureau of Health Workforce strengthens the health workforce and connects skilled professionals to communities in need. BHW offers scholarships and loan repayment to students and clinicians in addition to awarding grants to organizations such as schools, hospitals, and health centers to improve health workforce training, increase diversity, and advance health equity.
  • The HIV/AIDS Bureau provides leadership in the delivery of high-quality HIV primary medical care, medication and essential support services for low-income people with HIV who are uninsured and underserved.
  • The Maternal and Child Health Bureau works to improve the health and well-being of America’s mothers, children, and families.
  • The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy supports rural communities by increasing access to care, building health care capacity, and advising the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on health care issues.
  • The Bureau of Primary Health Care funds health centers in medically underserved communities, providing access to affordable, comprehensive, high-quality, primary health care services for people who are low-income, uninsured, or face other obstacles to getting health care.
  • The Health Systems Bureau protects the public health and improves the health of individuals through programs that provide national leadership and direction in targeted areas including:
    • Solid organ, bone marrow, and cord blood transplantation.
    • Countermeasure and vaccine injury compensation; and
    • Hansen’s Disease direct patient care, provider education, and research.
  • The Office of Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion administers HRSA’s EEO complaint processing system, including EEO counseling, investigations, compliance, and preparing and issuing final agency EEO decisions.
  • The Office of Special Health Initiatives provides a crosscutting focal point for HRSA to deliver on population health and Secretarial priorities, especially those that may be more clinical in nature.
  • The Office of Federal Assistance Management provides national leadership in the administration and assurance of the financial integrity of HRSA's grant programs and, along with our program office partners, provides oversight of HRSA grant activities to ensure they are managed in an efficient and effective manner.
  • 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.
  • The Office of Health Equity works across the agency to reduce disparities and improve health equity, especially in vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.
  • 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.
  • 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 Women's Health works within and outside of HHS to improve the health, wellness, and safety of women.
  • The Provider Relief Bureau administers programs that ensure the resiliency of the nation’s health care systems and infrastructure by supporting health care entities in the United States to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

More information about HRSA, its programs and activities is available on the HRSA web site.

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