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Little Rock - Crittenden County has been designated a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for primary care by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
HPSAs are areas with a shortage of primary health care professionals and facilities. This designation can be based on several criteria, including geography, facilities, population, and medically underserved areas or populations.
This new designation allows qualifying health care organizations to use federal funding to recruit medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, dentists, and behavioral health care professionals, to rural areas in need by offering student loan repayment. Crittenden County’s HPSA designation provides an opportunity to increase recruitment and retention of health care providers and ultimately increase access to medical care. The application for this designation was submitted in September 2019 and the designation was made on Dec. 23, 2019.
You can find more information about HPSA designations at https://bhw.hrsa.gov/shortage-designation or contact ADH’s Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at firstname.lastname@example.org.