Health Resources &
Jim Macrae, M.S., M.P.P.
Mission: To improve health and achieve health equity through access to
quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs.
Organization: Tens of millions of Americans get affordable health care
and other help through HRSA's 90-plus programs and more than 3,000 grantees.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving
access to health care by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthy
communities and achieving health equity. HRSA’s programs provide health care to people
who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.
This includes people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, mothers, and their families
and those in need of high quality primary health care. HRSA also supports the training of
health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and
improvements in health care delivery.
HRSA oversees organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation. It compensates individuals harmed
by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice, waste, fraud and abuse.
Since 1943 the agencies that were HRSA precursors have worked to improve the health of needy people.
HRSA was created in 1982, when the Health Resources Administration and the Health Services Administration