Goal 4: Improve Health Equity

Objective 4.1: Reduce disparities in access and quality of care, and improve health outcomes across populations and communities

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Target investments and technical assistance toward communities and organizations that address the needs of vulnerable populations, and promote quality improvement activities that advance health equity.
  • Focus resources and services on diseases and conditions with the greatest health disparities and promote outreach efforts to reach populations most affected.
  • Integrate cultural competency into HRSA programs, policies, and  practices to ensure the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate care.
  • Conduct targeted outreach and provide technical assistance to entities in underserved communities that  have not sought or have been unsuccessful in obtaining HRSA funding.

Objective 4.2: Advance evidence-based, evidence-informed, and innovative practices that have the potential to reduce health disparities

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Provide information, technical assistance, and tools to HRSA grantees and other stakeholders on reducing health disparities.
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with entities across different sectors to address the social determinants of health through the integration of public health and primary care.
  • Work with diverse communities to create, develop, disseminate, and evaluate innovative solutions to improve health equity.

Objective 4.3: Inform program improvement efforts by assessing the effectiveness of HRSA programs in addressing health disparities  

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Increase efforts that advance data collection and data analysis capacity to examine differences in access/quality/outcomes by sub-groups served by HRSA.
  • Develop performance measures to track disparity patterns among populations served by HRSA and use the information for program improvement.
  • Support and collaborate in research and demonstration efforts that advance the understanding of health disparities in order to inform HRSA initiatives.  
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.