HRSA Staff Meet With Indian Delegation

Secretary Preeti Sudan of the India Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (second from left) met with HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan (at right) and HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas on March 19 to discuss a bold initiative by the Indian government to launch a nationwide primary care network similar to HRSA's Community Health Center program.
Old friends: ​Secretary Preeti Sudan of the India Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (second from left) met with HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan (at right) and HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas in March to discuss a bold initiative by the Indian government to launch a nationwide primary care network similar to HRSA's Community Health Center program. It was the third such meeting between the two countries.

 

Known as Ayushman Bharat Yojna – or "Long Live India" – it has been called the world's largest healthcare program. It aims to provide greater access to healthcare by increased availability of services and affordability for low-income families. The program comprises two major initiatives: establishing 150,000 Health and Wellness Centers and the National Health Protection Mission, providing financial coverage to 100 million families, or approximately 500 million people.

The delegation toured Unity Health Care – Washington D.C.'s famed community health center, a certified Patient-Centered Medical Home with over 20 clinical locations in the city and more than 100,000 patients – and met with staff from HRSA's Bureaus of Primary Health Care and Health Workforce, and Office of Global Health.

HRSA's Director of Global Health, RADM Kerry Nesseler, greeted Secretary Sudan at HHS headquarters
HRSA's Director of Global Health, RADM Kerry Nesseler, greeted Secretary Sudan at HHS headquarters. The delegation's tour lasted three days,  March 18-20. Deputy Secretary Hargan emphasized the history of collaboration between the two nations, ranging from polio and other vaccine programs to mental health, global health security, strengthening health systems and workforce development – encompassing efforts from across HHS Operating Divisions. Dr. Sigounas served as the U.S. Chair and Head of Delegation for the health systems and non-communicable diseases segments of the meetings.

 

Secretary Sudan is a leading public figure in India, having served multiple Secretarial appointments over the past 35 years in finance, national defense, agriculture and disaster management, among others.

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2019