Goal 3: Build Healthy Communities

Objective 3.1: Improve population health through the use of community partnerships and collaboration with stakeholders

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Develop and support partnerships with stakeholders in the health and non-health sectors in order to link people to services and resources that improve population health.
  • Engage with communities and stakeholders to develop, plan, and coordinate public health initiatives that span the prevention and care continuum.
  • Support the integration and coordination of public health with primary care, including behavioral and oral health services, to improve individual outcomes and overall population health.

Objective 3.2: Strengthen the focus on health promotion and disease prevention across populations, providers, and communities

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Inform and educate vulnerable populations about health promotion, disease prevention, and health behaviors that improve individual and population health, and about HRSA’s programs that contribute to population health improvement.
  • Strengthen safety-net providers’ attention to the provision of health promotion and disease prevention services, and include prevention and health promotion practices as regular elements of HRSA-supported programs.
  • Support improvements in health-related infrastructure systems that contribute to population health.

Objective 3.3: Increase understanding of what works in health care and public health practice to address community needs

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Promote and use community health needs assessments, environmental surveillance, and other tools in order to more effectively target and distribute resources, and inform program improvements.
  • Support demonstrations and innovative practices to test and refine approaches to improving population health.
  • Collect and analyze patient and population data to track progress in achieving Healthy People 2020 and other national objectives.
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.