Goal 1: Improve Access to Quality Health Care and Services

Objective 1.1: Increase the capacity and strength of the health care safety net

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Support an increase in the number of health care access points to expand the availability of  services to underserved, disadvantaged, geographically isolated, and special needs populations.
  • Facilitate and support the recruitment, placement, and retention of primary care and other providers in underserved communities (including through telehealth) in order to address shortages and improve access to care.   
  • Provide technical assistance to safety-net organizations in order to ensure their financial and operational health and sustainability.
  • Strengthen health care and related systems and networks through funding, policy development, and other levers to build and support an effective service delivery infrastructure.

Objective 1.2: Improve the quality and efficacy of the health care safety net

To accomplish this we will:

  • Provide technical assistance and other supports to providers and care systems to ensure that persons served by HRSA programs receive quality care across their life-span through comprehensive, integrated, and patient-/family-centered medical/health homes.
  • Provide performance-based awards to grantees that demonstrate improved patient outcomes as reflected by their clinical quality measures, and assist safety-net providers in quality measurement and reporting.
  • Promote efforts of HRSA-funded health care providers to achieve Meaningful Use Standards in order to further the optimal use of health information technology.
  • Work with safety-net providers, networks, and systems to promote their assessment of and potential participation in value-based health care payment systems.
  • Establish and evaluate formal learning and action collaboratives among HRSA grantees and other stakeholders in order to advance learning, enhance quality of care, and achieve system-wide improvements.

Objective 1.3: Increase enrollment in and utilization of health insurance through Medicaid, CHIP, and the Health Insurance Marketplace

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Provide funding, technical assistance, and other resources for health coverage outreach, education, and enrollment activities of HRSA grantees and other stakeholders.
  • Disseminate culturally and linguistically appropriate information and educate HRSA grantees and other stakeholders in order to aid them in helping underserved populations better understand how to utilize health care coverage, understand benefits, and connect to primary care and preventive services.
  • Document and share lessons learned from outreach, education, and enrollment activities.
Date Last Reviewed:  March 2016

HRSA Vision & Mission

Healthy Communities, Healthy People

To improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs.