HHS announces plan to reduce health disparities

The Department of Health and Human Services today released an HHS Action Plan and National Stakeholder Strategy for reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. The HHS plan outlines goals and actions the department will take to reduce health disparities, such as building on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provisions to expand insurance coverage and increase access to care. Among other actions, the plan calls for more opportunities to increase the number of students from populations underrepresented in the health professions, train more people in medical interpretation to help serve patients with a limited command of English, and train community workers to help people navigate the system. The stakeholder strategy, produced by the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, identifies common goals and objectives for public and private sector initiatives, which local groups can adapt to community needs. "We all need to work together to combat this persistent problem so that we can build healthier communities and a stronger nation," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

04-08-2011 12:00 (EDT)