Women's Health USA 2007
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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 populations. HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health (OWH) coordinates many efforts that address women’s health across their lifespan. A key project of OWH is the Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness (BFWHW) initiative, which provides materials for young women (adolescents) and adult women on topics such as physical activity and healthy eating, emotional wellness, and maternal wellness. These and other consumer-friendly resources, including data books and research reports, can be found on the OWH Web site.

The HRSA Web site provides information about each of HRSA’s bureaus and offices, several of which administer programs that directly affect women’s health and access to health care. For example, Maternal and Child Health Bureaus (MCHB) administers the MCH Block Grant, a Federal-State partnership to improve the health of all mothers and children. MCHB also works to end violence and bullying in schools through the Stop Bullying Now! Campaign.

HRSA programs facilitate partnerships to advance women’s health. The Bureau of Health Professions regularly assesses the health workforce, conducting numerous studies of capacity and diversity in health professions in which women predominate, such as nursing. The Office of Rural Health Policy has partnered with OWH to adapt BFWHW Physical Activity and Healthy Eating materials for young women (adolescents) and adult women in rural communities. The HIV/AIDS Bureau addresses the needs of women living with HIV/AIDS through all of its programs, especially Part D (formerly Title IV) of the Ryan White Program, which targets services to women, infants, children, youth, and their families. The Healthcare Systems Bureau oversees a variety of programs that affect access to lifesaving procedures for women, including the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, as well as the 340B Drug Pricing Program, and Hill-Burton Free and Reduced Cost Health Care.

The Bureau of Primary Health Care manages the Health Center Program, which funds a national network of more than 1,000 health center grantees at over 3,800 comprehensive, primary health care service delivery sites comprised of community health centers, migrant health centers, health care for the homeless health centers, and public housing primary care health centers. These health centers deliver preventive and primary care services to patients regardless of their ability to pay; charges for health care services are set according to income. Almost 40 percent of the patients treated at health centers have no insurance coverage and others have inadequate coverage.

In 2001, President Bush announced a Health Centers Initiative to increase access to health care in 1,200 communities through new or expanded health center sites. Since then, HRSA has awarded 900 grants to create new health center sites or expand operations at existing centers, and the number of patients has risen from 10.3 million in 2001 to an estimated 14.8 million in 2006.

Finally, HRSA’s Health Disparities Collaboratives (HDCs) were developed to transform primary health care practices to improve quality and eliminate health disparities. HDCs have focused on diabetes, asthma, depression, cardiovascular disease, cancer screening/planned care, finance/redesign, prevention, diabetes prevention, perinatal/patient safety, and oral health. Over 85 percent of health centers have participated in the HDCs as of April 2007.


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Women's Health USA 2007 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 2007. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2007.