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HRSA is the nation's access agency – improving health and saving lives by making sure the right services are available in the right places at the right time.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

Comprising six bureaus, 13 offices and one center, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities.

HRSA oversees organ, tissue and blood cell (bone marrow and cord blood) donation and vaccine injury compensation programs, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse.

Since 1943 the agencies that were HRSA precursors have worked to improve the health of needy people. HRSA was created in 1982, when the Health Resources Administration and the Health Services Administration were merged.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) envisions optimal health for all, supported by a health care system that assures access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality care.

HRSA provides national leadership, program resources and services needed to improve access to culturally competent, quality health care.

As the Nation’s access agency, HRSA focuses on uninsured, underserved, and special needs populations in its goals and program activities:

  GOAL 1: Improve Access to Health Care.
  GOAL 2: Improve Health Outcomes.
  GOAL 3: Improve the Quality of Health Care.
  GOAL 4: Eliminate Health Disparities.
  GOAL 5: Improve the Public Health and Health Care Systems.
  GOAL 6: Enhance the Ability of the Health Care System to Respond to Public Health Emergencies.
  GOAL 7: Achieve Excellence in Management Practices


Elizabeth M. Duke, PhD

5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

1,600 employees

Budget Authority
$6.85 billion in FY 2008

HRSA distributes approximately 90 percent of its funding in grants to U.S. States and territories, public and private health care providers, health professions training programs and other organizations.

HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Mailing Address
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857