Health Professional Shortage Areas & Medically Underserved Areas


Throughout the U.S., there are geographic areas, populations, and facilities with too few primary care, dental and mental health providers and services. Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/P) are designations that help prioritize and focus our resources to help meet the health care needs of medically underserved rural and urban areas of Minnesota. The Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care helps underserved sites determine service areas, provides statistical information and prepares applications for federal shortage area designation.

Minnesota Health Professional Shortage Areas



Mental Health

HRSA Information on HPSA

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Shortage Designation website has more information on HPSA criteria as well as a searchable database of designated shortage areas by county or by address.

Minnesota Medically Underserved Areas/Populations

Use the searchable database on the HRSA website to find Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps) by county or by address.

HRSA´s Medically Underserved Areas/Populations site has more information on MUA and MUP criteria and guidelines.


For more information, please contact:
Keisha Shaw
Shortage Designation Coordinator & Grant Program Manager
Phone: 651-201-3860

Updated Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10:55AM