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Office of Regional Operations

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

ORO's Mission

To provide on-the-ground outreach to increase the reach, impact, and awareness of HRSA programs.

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 Ambassador 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 Department of Health & Human Services (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

State, Local, and Tribal Engagement: ORO engages with state, local, and Tribal health leadership 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.

ORO at a Glance

Organization Chart (PDF - 20 KB)

Key Staff and Contact Information

ORO Fact Sheet (PDF - 78 KB)

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.
Date Last Reviewed:  January 2021