The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary agency responsible for overseeing federal programs and dollars in a shared mission with community health centers to improve access to care.
HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created in 1982, although its roots go back to 1943 with earlier federal programs that worked to improve the health of needy Americans.
Among other connections to services provided at the community level, HRSA provides grant funding to federally qualified health centers including the Center for Family Health. Those grants enable health centers to provide care on a sliding-discount fee system to patients who are uninsured, geographically isolated, or medically or economically vulnerable.
HRSA lists four goals to better the quality of life in America: improve access to quality care and services; strengthen the health-care workforce; build healthy communities; and improve health equity.