Healthcare Workforce Development Division

Shortage Designation Program

The Shortage Designation Program (SDP) provides technical assistance to clinics and other primary care providers seeking recognition as a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for Primary Care, Dental Health, and Mental Health disciplines or Medically Underserved Area/Medically Underserved Population (MUA/MUP). SDP provides data analysis services and liaisons between the federal government and healthcare provider sites applying for HPSA or MUA/MUP status. Shortage designations:

  • Enable clinics to be eligible for assignment of National Health Services Corp Personnel or apply for Rural Health Clinic Certification, Federally Qualified Health Center status (FQHC), FQHC Look-Alike, or New Start/Expansion program, depending on the designation
  • Promote OSHPD's vision of "Access to safe, quality healthcare environments that meet California's diverse and dynamic needs."

The program is the State's liaison to the federal Shortage Designation Branch (SDB) of Health Resources and Services Administration, The program was authorized by Congress as the Emergency Health Personnel Act of 1970 under the U.S. Public Health Service Act. The federal government funds the program. Criteria, amendments, and authorizations:


New: The next annual HPSA & MUA/MUP Workshop is scheduled for October 29 and 30, 2015 in Los Angeles County – FlyerAgenda

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The HPSA application process has undergone significant changes.




Liz Martin, Chief
Access to Care Section
Telephone: (916) 326-3706

Hovik Khosrovian, Manager
Shortage Designation Program
Telephone: (916) 326-3734

Kyra van den Bogert, Program Analyst
Proactive Shortage Designations
Telephone: (916) 326-3632

Richard Creer, Program Analyst
Mental Health Shortage Designations
Telephone: (916) 326-3715

Bally Nagra, Program Analyst
Proactive Shortage Designations
Telephone: (916) 326-3714

Carol Petuela, Program Analyst
Shortage Designation Program
Telephone: (916) 326-3716

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