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Shortage Designations Organizations

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Works to address workforce shortage issues; manages federal shortage designations; administers grant programs related to the healthcare workforce; and administers scholarship and loan repayment programs designed for healthcare professionals. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
Works to improve the health of underserved populations by recruiting and retaining health professionals to deliver healthcare in rural and underserved communities. Administers scholarship and loan repayment programs. Provides technical assistance to federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) on projects that enhance the NHSC's site development mission. Part of the Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration.
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Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Designation of MUPs and HPSAs
Reviews guidelines for the designation of Medically Underserved Areas and Health Professional Shortage Areas. Represents health centers, rural health clinics and other rural providers including special populations with unique health care needs. Committee completed its work in October 2011.
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Last Reviewed: 2/16/2017