Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created in 1982, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. Its Children's Branch was founded in 1912. The Genetic Services Branch employs eight people. Located in Rockville, MD, HRSA’s goals center on the betterment of healthcare. Comprising six bureaus and 12 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities. HRSA oversees organ, tissue and blood cell (bone marrow and cord blood) donation and vaccine injury compensation programs, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse.
As the Nation’s access agency, HRSA focuses on uninsured, underserved, and special needs populations in its goals and program activities:
GOAL 1: Improve Access to Health Care.
GOAL 2: Improve Health Outcomes.
GOAL 3: Improve the Quality of Health Care.
GOAL 4: Eliminate Health Disparities.
GOAL 5: Improve the Public Health and Health Care Systems.
GOAL 6: Enhance the Ability of the Health Care System to Respond to Public Health Emergencies.
GOAL 7: Achieve Excellence in Management Practices.