Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)

Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) refer to designated areas where there is a shortage in health care providers focused on primary care, dental health, or mental health. These shortages may refer to a Geographic Area, a shortage of providers for the population of an entire area, Population Groups, a shortage of providers for specific population groups in a defined geographic area, or Facility-based, where there is a shortage of professionals in a given facility setting.

Authors: Timothy Bates | Susan Chapman

Topics: Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Long-Term Care, Workforce Supply

May 4, 2023
This brief describes a conceptual approach to constructing a long-term care workforce shortage designation, similar in scope to existing Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) health professional shortage area (HPSA) designations.
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Authors: Marieke van Eijk | Grace Guenther | Andrew Jopson | Susan Skillman | Bianca Frogner

Topics: Education and Training, Emerging Models and Innovations, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)

September 7, 2022
Research has shown evidence of doulas’ positive impacts on maternal health outcomes, particularly among underserved populations. Such research supports expanding access to doula services. However, health workforce-related barriers challenge the development of robust doula services in the US.
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April 13, 2021
This webinar focuses on the dental therapy movement and examines the role of health equity in its adoption.
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Developers: Clese Erikson | Nicholas Chong | Eric Luo | Candice Chen | Patricia Pittman

Topics: COVID-19, Data Visualization, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Workforce Demand

March 11, 2021
The COVID-19 County Workforce Deficit Estimator is an online tool to help state and federal planners consider the different strategic approaches to ensure sufficient heath workforce for COVID-19.
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