HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 3.2 - Eliminate Disparities in Health Access and Outcomes


How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

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We will work with state governments to reduce the disparity in health insurance coverage through improved outreach and enrollment efforts to minority groups in our Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program.

We will implement quality improvement interventions through Medicare Peer Review Organizations (PROs) to reduce disparities in health care between minority beneficiaries and others.

3.2 Implementation Strategies
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Improving Quality of Care
  • Enforcing Non-Discrimination
  • Promoting Culturally Appropriate Health Services
  • Research

We will enforce nondiscrimination in treatment under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act through compliance reviews and investigations.

We will provide technical assistance and outreach and develop partnerships with providers; medical, dental, and public health schools; advocacy organizations; and health professions organizations to develop nondiscriminatory policies and practices in access and treatment.

We will promote the availability and use of culturally and linguistically appropriate health services, practice, and communication strategies in our health programs.

We will conduct research and demonstrations to learn:

  • the underlying causes of racial and ethnic health disparities (such as discrimination, socioeconomic factors, and epidemiology) in access to and delivery of medical and dental services.

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:


  • how disparities in access affect health outcomes.

  • in what types of organizations, providers, conditions, or setting disparities exist.

  • how to eliminate disparities in a set of priority areas that include infant mortality, cancer screening and management, diabetes, immunizations, and cardiovascular disease.

  • what factors are associated with oral health disparities among children and their families to develop effective interventions to reduce the disparities.