HHS Action Plan and National Stakeholder Strategy Launch
On April 8, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched two strategic plans aimed at reducing health disparities: the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity.
The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities outlines goals and actions HHS will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. The vision of the HSS Disparities Action Plan is “A nation free of disparities in health and health care.” It will promote integrated approaches, evidence-based programs and best practices to reduce these disparities. The HHS Action Plan builds on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act and is aligned with programs and initiatives such as Healthy People 2020, the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative, and the President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The five goals from the HHS Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2010-2015 provide the framework for the HHS Disparities Action:
- Transform health care;
- Strengthen the nation’s Health and Human Services infrastructure and workforce;
- Advance the health, safety, and well-being of the American people;
- Advance scientific knowledge and innovation; and
- Increase the efficiency, transparency, and accountability of HHS programs.
The National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity provides a common set of goals and objectives for public and private sector initiatives and partnerships to help racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved groups reach their full health potential. The strategy, a product of the National Partnership for Action (NPA), incorporates ideas, suggestions and comments from thousands of individuals and organizations across the country. Local groups can use the National Stakeholder Strategy to identify which goals are most important for their communities and adopt the most effective strategies and action steps to help reach them. The five goals of the National Stakeholder Strategy are:
- Awareness – Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.
- Leadership – Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels.
- Health System and Life Experience – Improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.
- Cultural and Linguistic Competency – Improve cultural and linguistic competency and the diversity of the healthrelated workforce.
- Data, Research, and Evaluation – Improve data availability and coordination, utilization, and diffusion of research and evaluation outcomes.
In conjunction with these two plans, the Office of Minority Health also launched the new website for the National Partnership for Action. The mission of the NPA is to increase the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through the coordination of partners, leaders, and stakeholders committed to action. Through the NPA’s new website, you can read the plans, find resources, and learn how you can take action in your community.