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Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps)


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

For further information, contact:

Ohio Department of Health
Primary Care Office
246 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-7475
Fax: (614) 564-2432


Last Updated: 12/12/2014
Last Reviewed: 12/12/2014

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