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Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps)
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The Primary Care Office assists communities that are interested in assessing whether they meet federal criteria for designation as a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Medically Underserved Population (MUP). These designations are required to pursue federal funding for a Federally Qualified Health Center. 

Analysis for MUA/P designation includes computation of the Index of Medical Underservice for an area or population group. The index consists of four components:

  • Percentage of the population below poverty level; 
  • Percentage of the population age 65 and over; 
  • Infant mortality rate; and 
  • Availability of primary care physicians.


To see a list of currently designated MUA/Ps, visit http://muafind.hrsa.gov/