The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for improving access to healthcare for those who are uninsured or otherwise marginalized and/or medically vulnerable. The agency is responsible for identifying areas of the country that have a shortage of primary and dental care, and medical professionals. HRSA administers about 90 percent of its funding in grants directly to states, public and private healthcare providers - including health professions training programs and a network of 1,000 health clinics.
For a full chronology of legislation and development relating to the HRSA, please see
A division of HRSA, the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) was established in 1987, subsequently authorized in Congress and allocated to the HRSA. The Office is charged with informing and advising the Department of Health and Human Services on issues affecting rural healthcare, coordinating related activities with the Department and maintaining a national clearinghouse.
(by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Rolling Stone)
(by Philip R. Lee, House Committee on Commerce, Subcommittee on Health and Environment)
(by Kim Krisberg, Nation’s Health)
(by Matt Mientka, U.S. Medicine)
Overseeing the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is Mary Wakefield, a former nurse, congressional staffer and professor regarded as an expert in rural health care, patient safety, Medicare payment policy, workforce issues and public policy. Wakefield was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama on February 20, 2009.
Profiles in Leadership: Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN (by Patricia Stille Lederman, Healthcare Staffing and Management Solutions)