Health Professional Shortage Areas

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Maintaining good health requires access to quality healthcare.Unfortunately, many communities lack sufficient healthcare resources to serve local residents. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) identifies many parts of the nation as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). To help inform healthcare planning and programming for state Medicaid enrollees, the Institute for Families in Society, Division of Medicaid Policy Research has created maps showing Primary Care, Mental Health Care, and Dental Care HPSAs in South Carolina.

NEW! Our recently updated maps also show Primary Care, Mental Health Care, and Dental Care High Needs Areas across the state. High Needs Areas are HPSAs in which residents are especially vulnerable to long-term health issues associated with the shortage of health professionals.

For more information about how HPSAs/High Needs Areas are defined, visit “About HPSAs and Healthcare High Needs Areas” below.