There are several types of shortage designations:
- Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) identify geographic areas, populations groups, or facilities within the United States that are experiencing a shortage of health care professionals.
- Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) identify geographic areas and populations with a lack of access to primary care services.
- Exceptional Medically Underserved Population (Exceptional MUP) identify a specific population subset that does not meet the established criteria to qualify as a Medically Underserved Population, but due to unusual circumstance do not have access to primary care services.
- Governor’s Designated Secretary Certified Shortage Areas for Rural Health Clinics are areas that a state Governor or designee designates as having a shortage according to the state-established shortage plan for the establishment of a Rural Health Clinic.
Who to Contact about Missouri Shortage Areas:
Rural Health & Primary Care
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Telephone: 573-751-6441 or