Health Services Utilization

HRSA Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports a wide range of programs that increase and promote access to health care for vulnerable groups. Within four of HRSA’s key program areas—Health Professions, HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, and Rural Health—21 programs support and address the specific needs of women.

The Bureau of Health Professions is committed to the development and retention of a culturally competent work force that provides the highest quality care for diverse populations in need. The grant programs supporting the mission in FY 2004 were:
(1) Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care
(2) Advanced Education Nursing
(3) Faculty Development in Primary Care
(4) Graduate Psychology Education Programs
( 5) National Research Service Award
(6) Residency Training in General and Pediatric Dentistry
(7) Residency Training in Primary Care
(8) Predoctoral Training in Primary Care
(9) Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care
(10) Residency Training in Dental Public Health

The mission of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau is to assure the health of mothers and children, including children with special health care needs. All programs work to reduce infant mortality and incidence of handicapping conditions among children, increase the number of appropriately immunized children and the number of children in low-income households receiving assessments and follow-up services, and provide access and ensure perinatal care for women. The grant programs supporting this mission in FY 2004 were:
(1) Disparities in Perinatal Health-Border Initiatives
(2) Family Violence
(3) Healthy Behaviors in Women
(4) Healthy Start Initiative
(5) Improving Screening for Alcohol Use during Pregnancy by Providers
(6) Integrated Comprehensive Women’s State MCH Program
(7) Interconception Care for High Risk Women and Their Families
(8) Screening and Intervention for Depression During/Around Pregnancy
(9) Screening for Multiple Behavioral Risk Factors During the Preconception Through Postpartum Period
(10) State Grants for Perinatal Depression
(11) Women’s Behavioral Health Systems Building: Innovative Ideas for Local and State Collaboration

In the HIV/AIDS Bureau, the Ryan White Title IV program is the cornerstone of the response to HIV/AIDS among underserved women, infants, children and youth. Comprehensive care for pregnant women has been shown to be equally critical in reducing perinatal transmission rates.

The Office of Rural Health Policy promotes better health care service in rural America. The Office informs and advises the Department of Health and Human Services on matters affecting rural hospitals and health care, coordinates activities relating to rural health care, and maintains a national information clearinghouse. The Office works within government at Federal, State and local levels, and with the private sector to seek solutions to rural health care problems. In FY 2004, two grant programs supported women’s health initiatives: the Rural Health Outreach Special Initiative and the Rural Health Research Grant Program Cooperative Agreement.

The HRSA Geospatial Data Warehouse provides access to a broad range of information about HRSA programs, related health resources, and demographic data useful for planning and policy purposes. The Warehouse captures grants, designation of underserved areas, and service demonstration programs and integrates these with data acquired from external sources. As the central source of information used for reporting on HRSA activities, a report tool is available for generating and exporting tabular results. A map tool is available for users who would like to place the data in a geographic context. Features on the map can be identified and are linked to the report tool enabling further analysis.

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Women's Health USA 2006 is not copyrighted. Readers are free to duplicate and use all or part of the information contained on this page. Suggested Citation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Women's Health USA 2006. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006.