HHS recently announced two new approaches to address racial and ethnic health disparities. The first is the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. The Action Plan includes HHS goals and corresponding strategies that focus on disparities, including using data collection and data to improve the health of communities of color; increasing the proportion of people with health insurance and providing patient protections for individuals enrolled in CHIP, Medicaid, and plans in the health exchanges; and increasing the proportion of individuals who have a primary care provider and a patient-centered medical home. The second approach is the Office of Minority Health’s National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity. The Stakeholder Strategy promotes goals and strategies such as, supporting cultural and linguistic competency in providing health care, improving access to quality health services, and addressing community factors that impact health.
The Action Plan and the Stakeholder Strategy can be found at: http://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa/files/Plans/HHS/HHS_Plan_complete.pdf. and http://tinyurl.com/3txaal