When it comes to the Federal government, knowing where to go and with whom to speak is key. For Health Professional Shortage Areas and their designation, the first place to look is with the Health Resources and Services Administration or HRSA.
HRSA is layered deep within the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services and is the agency that has final approval authority on all HPSA designations, adminsters the National Health Service Corps, compensates victims of vaccine injury along with many more research and reporting functions.
The main Web site at HRSA.gov, provides links to all of the agency’s programs and information resources. A list of the most helpful follow: