HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. I. Agency Mission


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the lead Federal agency in promoting access to health care services that improve the Nation's health. With a statutory emphasis on special needs, underserved, and vulnerable populations, HRSA mobilizes its bureaus, programs, staff, and partners to assure access to quality health care. The four main strategies to achieve this goal are to: eliminate barriers to care; eliminate health disparities; assure quality of care; and, improve public health and health care systems. To fulfill HRSA's mission, its programmatic portfolio includes a range of programs or initiatives designed to increase access to care, improve quality, and safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's most vulnerable populations.

Collectively, HRSA programs work to improve access to care for the more than 38.7 million Americans who are uninsured and the 40 million who live in medically undeserved areas. HRSA supports over 700 community health centers; funds services for people living with HIV/AIDS through the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act; assists States and health care organizations in improving services to mothers and children; oversees the National system that allocates organs, tissue, and bone marrow for transplantation; and works with academic health centers and other training programs to enhance the diversity and distribution of the Nation's health care workforce.

The primary operating units in HRSA each contribute to the overall mission and major goals and objectives:

  • The Bureau of Health Professions: provides national leadership to assure a health professions workforce that meets the health care needs of the public.
  • The HIV/AIDS Bureau: provides leadership in the delivery of high quality HIV primary care and supporting services for uninsured and underinsured individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • The Maternal and Child Health Bureau: works on behalf of America's mothers, children, and families in ways that will assure continued improvement in their health, safety, and well-being.
  • The Office of Rural Health Policy: serves as the leading Federal proponent for better rural health care services.
  • The Office of Special Programs: ensures access and capacity to scarce resources including assurance of access to organ and bone marrow transplantation programs.
  • The Bureau of Primary Health Care: increases access to comprehensive primary and preventive health care and works to improve the health status of underserved and vulnerable families and individuals.

More information about HRSA, its programs and activities is available on the HRSA web site www.hrsa.gov.