Whether due to the growing shortage of primary care providers, inequitable allocation of health care resources, or the unfortunate realities of poverty, many areas and populations of the United States experience medical underservice. What's more, areas that currently have an ample supply of health care resources tend to attract more, subsequently leaving provider shortage areas—and, undeserved people—in peril. It is well known that socioeconomic and demographic disparities exist. To correct these inequities and advance our state’s quality of life and productivity, Michigan and the federal government have taken important steps to ensure all residents the right to essential health care services.
These designations, in conjunction with Michigan’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), are paramount to strengthening the health care safety net and securing a healthier and happier Michigan future. The Health Resources & Services Administration develops shortage designation criteria and uses them to decide whether or not a geographic area, population group, or facility is a HPSA or MUA/P.
Click here for a convenient benefits of shortage designation table that documents the relationship of the various designation types to the programs that require them.
Current Designations in Michigan
Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area
Mental Health Professional Shortage Area
Dental Health Professional Shortage Area
Medically Underserved Area/Population
Detroit Medically Underserved Area/Population
Governor’s Certified Shortage Area for RHC
More Information & Designation Inquiries
Joe Tran, MPH