Advocating for HPSAs & MUA/Ps

A Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or a Medically Underserved Area or Population (MUA/P) is a geographic area, population group, or health care facility that has been designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration Shortage Designation Branch as having a shortage of health professionals. There are three categories of HPSA and MUA/Ps: primary care (shortage of primary care clinicians), dental (shortage of oral health professionals), and mental health (shortage of mental health professionals).

As a national organization representing community health centers primarily serving medically underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPIs), AAPCHO is advocating for a more coordinated HPSA and MUA/P designation methodology and procedure to ensure that the unique needs of these medically underserved populations are served.