I. Agency Mission

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) 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 otherwise unable to access high quality health care. HRSA also supports access to health care in rural areas, 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% of HRSA's budget is awarded through grants and cooperative agreements to approximately 3,000 awardees, 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 by connecting skilled professionals to communities in need.
  • 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 improves the health of the nation's underserved communities and vulnerable populations by assuring access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services.
  • The Healthcare Systems Bureau encompasses a diverse set of programs focused on protecting the public health and improving the health of individuals, including:
  • The Office of Federal Assistance Management oversees HRSA's grant programs—ensuring their financial integrity and helping grantees perform 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 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.
  • 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 to improve health equity through HRSA programs and policies.
  • 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 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.

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

     

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    Date Last Reviewed:  September 2019