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Shortage Designations

The Division of Social Epidemiology, through the Virginia Primary Care Office, develops reviews and submits applications for federally designated shortage areas. A large and diverse number of state and federal programs reference these shortage areas to determine eligibility, the amount of awards, and for other purposes. There are several types of shortage areas, covering different specialties, and targeting different constituents.

Shortage Area Types:

  • Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)
  • Medically Under-served Areas/Populations (MUA/P)
  • Governor Designation

Shortage Area Specialties:

  • Primary Care
  • Dental Health
  • Mental Health

Shortage Area Targets:

  • Geographic Areas
  • Populations
  • Facilities

Examples of Programs that reference shortage areas:

  • Medicare Bonus Payment Program
  • National Health Service Corps
  • Virginia State Loan Repayment
  • J-1 Visa Program
  • NURSE Corps
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Rural Health Clinics

For more information about Virginia’s shortage areas contact Anna Riggan at