The Department of Health and Human Services is launching initiatives aimed at reducing the disparity in healthcare provided minorities.
One, the “HHS Action Plan to Reduce Health Disparities, outlines goals and actions HHS will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.
HHS also released the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity.
The latter is 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 program, drafted by the National Partnership for Action, incorporates ideas, suggestions and comments from thousands of individuals and organizations across the country, HHS officials say. The NPA was coordinated by the HHS Office of Minority Health.
HHS officials say the goals of the HHS Action Plan include transforming health care and expanding access, building on the provisions of the Affordable Care Act related to expanded insurance coverage and increased access to care.
The plan also calls for more opportunities to increase the number of students from populations underrepresented in the health professions, train more people in medical interpretation to help serve patients with a limited command of English, and train community workers to help people navigate the system.