Bureaus & Offices

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. Comprising five bureaus and ten offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory.

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Bureau of Health Workforce
BHW helps America build a health care workforce prepared and eager to improve the public health by expanding access to quality health services and working to achieve health equity.

Bureau of Primary Health Care
BPHC funds health centers in communities, providing access to high quality, family oriented, comprehensive primary and preventive health care for people who are low income, uninsured, or living where health care is scarce. Health centers provide care on a sliding fee scale and see patients without regard for their ability to pay.

Healthcare Systems Bureau
HSB protects the public health and promotes practices that improve personal health, including organ, bone marrow, and cord blood donation.

HAB administers The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the largest Federal program focused exclusively on HIV/AIDS care. The program is for those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with HIV disease.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau
MCHB administers the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant to states and discretionary grants that ensure that women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families, including fathers and children with special health care needs, have access to quality health care.


Office of Communications
The Office of Communications oversees communications to and from the public, including media, social media, speeches, presentations, and Web content; and also handles clearances of contractor-produced reports.

Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion protects and serves the rights of all HRSA employees, applicants and beneficiaries of federal funds by enforcing federal laws, policies and practices prohibiting discrimination. This includes supporting a workplace climate that is free of discrimination, resolving workplace disputes and conflict at the earliest possible stage, and helping to leverage diversity throughout HRSA.

Office of Federal Assistance Management
The Office of Federal Assistance Management provides assurance of the financial integrity of HRSA's grant programs, and oversees HRSA grant activities to ensure they are managed in an efficient and effective manner.

Office of Global Health
The Office of Global Health (OGH) is HRSA's point of contact with the HHS Office of Global Affairs (OGA) to improve the health of Americans through global action. The OGH provides leadership to develop linkages, foster interconnectedness, and facilitate a mutual exchange of expertise that strengthens systems for health, access, workforce, equity and quality.

Office of Health Equity
The Office of Health Equity (OHE) works to reduce disparities and improve health equity to ensure healthy communities and healthy people.

Office of Legislation
The Office of Legislation serves as the Administrator's primary staff unit and principal source of advice on legislative affairs, which includes preparation of testimony to Congressional Committees, developing legislative proposals, and facilitating communication between the Administrator and higher department levels on legislative matters.

Office of Operations
The Office of Operations provides an array of essential agency-wide centralized financial, acquisitions, IT, budget, management, human resource, and administrative services to HRSA's bureaus and offices.

Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation
The Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation (OPAE) serves as an agency source for policy analysis, data synthesis, organizational planning, external engagements, research, and evaluation. OPAE’s work assists HRSA bureaus and offices in their efforts to improve program performance and effectiveness which ultimately, helps to attain their strategic planning goals.  

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) promotes better health care service in rural America. FORHP works with the government at federal, state and local levels, and with the private sector -- with associations, foundations, providers and community leaders -- to seek solutions to rural health care problems.

Office of Regional Operations
The Office of Regional Operations provides leadership and technical assistance through HRSA's ten regional offices.

Office of Women's Health
The Office of Women's Health provides leadership on women's health and sex/gender-specific issues and policy, working within and outside of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health, wellness and safety of women.

Last Reviewed: June 2016