Goal 3: Enhance Population Health and Address Health Disparities through Community Partnerships

HRSA recognizes that it must work with external partners to broaden and amplify its programmatic reach to fully achieve its mission.

In 2019 – 2022, HRSA will focus efforts to increase access to health care and improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations by enhancing community partnerships with entities from diverse geographic areas, groups needing or offering particular heath care services, professional organizations, and others that support the populations HRSA serves.

HRSA efforts will include activities such as leveraging advisory councils to better understand community requirements, integrating public health and primary care services, using evidence-based research to address health disparities, and promoting illness prevention and healthy behaviors.  

OBJECTIVE 3.1: Leverage community partnerships and stakeholder collaboration to improve population health and address health disparities


3.1.1 Increase linkages of people to services and resources that improve population health through the development and support of community-based partnerships that include participants from all relevant stakeholder sectors.

3.1.2 Improve health-related infrastructure and support community actions that address social determinants of health.  

3.1.3 Improve health outcomes by supporting health service integration and coordination of the public health sector with primary care providers.

3.1.4 Raise community awareness of opportunities for improving health by expanding outreach and communication and developing strategic stakeholder partnerships that lead to sustainable initiatives. 

OBJECTIVE 3.2: Promote health and disease prevention across populations, providers, and communities


3.2.1 Increase community-based disease prevention efforts by supporting programs that include efforts such as healthy lifestyle initiatives, addressing social determinants of health, and screening, testing, and referral as appropriate.

3.2.2 Improve health and reduce disparities by targeting investments and technical assistance to communities and organizations that prioritize the needs of vulnerable and underserved populations.

3.2.3 Address emerging community health needs, including public health emergencies, by supporting adaptable, innovative, outcome-focused, and sustainable programs.

Objective 3.3:  Implement effective health care and public health practices to address community needs


3.3.1 Improve data collection and transparency by measuring and reporting on health care quality and disparities at the national, state, tribal, local, territorial, and individual provider level to facilitate a more complete understanding of the factors that may influence health care quality and lead to improvements in population health.

3.3.2 Build a portfolio of evidence regarding successful community-based health improvement efforts by supporting research, learning agendas, or other tools.

3.3.3 Optimize resource allocation and inform community-based program improvements by promoting and using community health needs assessments, public health surveillance, and other tools. 

3.3.4 Track progress in achieving agency targets and national objectives such as Healthy People 2020 and Healthy People 2030 by collecting and analyzing program outcomes and population-level data.

Date Last Reviewed:  May 2019