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Health Professional Shortage Area Designation

The PCO Agreement

Under the Primary Care Office Agreement with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Primary Care Office works to improve primary care access and reduce health disparities for low-income and vulnerable Oregonians.

Through this agreement, the office submits an application for three types of federal designations from the Bureau of Health Professions, Shortage Designation Branch:

  • Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)
  • Medically Underserved Areas (MUA)
  • Medically Underserved Populations (MUP).

These designations target millions of dollars of federal resources to improve health care in underserved areas of the state. We estimate these designations bring in over $20 million per year in unmatched federal resources.

Below are maps of Oregon's three health professional shortage areas and MUA/MUP areas.

Please read the User’s Guide for more information about HPSA and MUA/MUP designations.

Also available is the Designations Overview.