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Shortage Designation Administrator
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Bureau of Health Planning
Division of Health Professions Development
Room 1033, Health and Welfare Building
625 Forster St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701
717-772-5298 Phone
717-705-6525 Fax
ShortageDesignation@pa.gov Email

Federally Designated
Underserved Areas

What is a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)?

HPSAs are defined service areas that demonstrate a critical shortage of primary care physicians, dentists, or mental health providers. A HPSA can be a distinct geographic area (such as a country, grouping, census tract, township, or borough), a specific population group within a defined geographic area (such as the population under 200 percent of poverty), or a specific public or non-profit facility (such as a prison).

What is a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Medically Underserved Population (MUP)?

MUA and MUP (MUA/P) identify areas or populations with a shortage of health care services. Documentation of shortages include several factors, in addition to the availability of health care providers. These factors include infant mortality rate, poverty rate, and percentage of population aged 65 and over.

How does the Pennsylvania Department of Health assist with applications?

The Bureau of Health Planning generates applications by utilizing the Application Submission and Processing System (ASAPS). This software provides a comprehensive analysis of demographic data sets, health provider survey data, and geographic attributes to generate applications. Bureau staff work with community partners to determine if an area or population meets federal criteria for designation.

Lists and Maps of Designated Service Areas:

Primary Care HPSA Designations - Last Updated March 2015
List of Pennsylvania's Current Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (PDF)
Illustrative Map of Pennsylvania's Current Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (PDF)

Dental HPSA Designations - Last Updated March 2015
List of Pennsylvania's Current Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (PDF)
Illustrative Map of Pennsylvania's Current Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (PDF)

Mental Health HPSA Designations - Last Updated March 2015
List of Pennsylvania's Current Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (PDF)
Illustrative Map of Pennsylvania's Current Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (PDF)

Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/P) - Last Updated March 2015
List of Pennsylvania's Current MUA/P Designations (PDF)
Illustrative Map of Pennsylvania's Current MUA/P Designations (PDF)