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
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