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11/2/2017
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Shortage Designations
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Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs), and Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) established under the U.S. Public Health Service Act are federal designations of a geographic area (usually a county or a number of townships or census tracts) which meet the criteria as needing additional primary health care services. These designations are based on the availability of health professional resources within a rational service area. Primary Care HPSAs also look at practitioners within a thirty minute travel time and Dental and Mental Health HPSAs look at practitioners within a forty minute travel time. MUA and MUP designations consider physicians within the rational service area along with infant mortality, population over age 65, and poverty rate. Geographic areas, populations, and facilities can be designated.

The Office of Shortage Designation within the Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for the designation process. The Primary Care Office at the Indiana State Department of Health submits the HPSA and MUA/P designation requests and updates to the Office of Shortage Designation. The Indiana Primary Health Care Association is currently under contract with the Indiana State Health Department to manage and complete the Indiana designation work.

To search for a shortage designation by a specific address please click here.

To search for a HPSA designation by county please click here.

To search for an MUA or MUP designation by county please click here.

Maps of Indiana's HPSA and MUA Designations

Type of Document PDF Download
IN MUA / MUP Map PDFDownload
IN Primary Care HPSA Map PDFDownload
IN Mental Health HPSA Map PDFDownload
IN Dental HPSA Map PDFDownload

For more information on how to get an area designated please contact:
Natalie (Brown) Morrison 
Shortage Designations and National Health Service Corps Program Director
Indiana Primary Health Care Association
429 N. Pennsylvania St., Ste 333
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Ph: 317-630-0845
Fax: 317-630-0849
nmorrison@indianapca.org