HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 3.3 - Increase the Availability of Primary Health Care Services for Underserved Population

09/29/2000

How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

We will increase the supply of health care providers, Taking blood pressureincluding under-represented minorities, who are likely to locate and remain in underserved communities most in need of primary health care services. Our efforts will focus on financial support for:

  • additional National Health Service Corps personnel and application of best practices for the retention of personnel in underserved communities.

  • scholarships and grants to tribal college health professions programs, special pay authorities, and loan repayment to promote the recruitment and retention of health care providers to serve in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

  • training programs for minority students designed to enhance their professional capacity and encourage them to pursue graduate level careers in public health.

  • increasing the number of nurses that provide and support primary care in underserved communities.

We will expand primary health care services to underserved populations by:

  • providing financial assistance to additional federally funded health centers.

3.3 Implementation Strategies
  • Increasing Provider Supply
  • Primary Care Services
  • Service Integration
  • Research
  • conducting outreach and reduction of barriers to the participation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a variety of programs, including Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant.

  • supporting the development of comprehensive systems of care in communities through implementation of the new Community Access Program.

  • providing technical assistance and funding to help low-income communities and provider organizations in the communities develop culturally competent primary health care, including priorities for oral health, diabetes, substance abuse, and mental health treatment services.

  • providing technical assistance to states, communities, and organizations to improve the coordination of transportation resources and services.

  • supporting the establishment of telehealth programs in urban and rural communities, which are designed to overcome barriers to health care access for underserved individuals. We will improve the integration of mental health and substance abuse services with primary care by:

  • testing and disseminating innovative models for integrating mental health and substance abuse services with primary and early childhood care, such as the models in the "Starting Early-Starting Smart" program.

  • providing technical assistance, training, and funding for the development of community-based integrated systems of care that serve children with serious emotional disturbances.

As called for by the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health, we will improve the integration of oral health services into primary care by:

  • testing and disseminating innovative models for integrating oral health services into primary and early childhood care.

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:

AHRQ
CDC
HRSA
IHS
NIH
OS
SAMHSA

  • providing technical assistance, training, and funding for the development of community-based integrated systems of care that serve children with special oral health needs.

We will fund research on primary care services, especially for underserved to identify gaps in access, quality, and outcomes and to develop strategies, tools and programs that will improve access and quality and train minority providers.