Similar to some other states, Michigan lacks an adequate distribution of health care services and professionals throughout the state. Michigan has 83 counties, 75 of which have at least one area with a shortage of health professionals. In the Upper Peninsula, 13 of 15 counties are designated as Dentist and Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). This means that 218,116 residents, out of the 311,361 U.P total, or 70%, of residents do not have proper access to dental or mental health providers. Finally, half of the U.P is designated as Physician Health Provider Shortage Areas.
UP-AHEC highlights two different types of data for viewers to understand our mission, promote it, and develop collaborations. The U.P. Data emphasizes secondary data provided by Wayne State conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Program Data discloses the results of U.P. projects regarding the three types of programs utilized by AHEC - pipeline, CBSEs, and CEs.