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About the NPA

NPA Background

NPA TimelineIn 2006, the HHS Office of Minority Health  (OMH) convened more than 2,000 experts and leaders at the National Leadership Summit for Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities issued recommended actions, which, if undertaken, will move the nation closer to the goal of eliminating health disparities. These recommendations called for systems-oriented, cross-sector, partnership-based, and community-driven approaches to eliminating disparities. The recommendations from this summit also led to the creation of the NPA.

OMH responded by setting initial NPA goals and sought to establish the priorities for a national strategy using a community-oriented approach. A National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity was developed. The NSS provides a common set of goals and objectives for public and private sector initiatives to eliminate health disparities. A second outcome is the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, which was released together with the NSS. The HHS Action Plan is the first HHS action plan to reduce disparities. It complements the NSS. To learn more about the NSS and the HHS Action Plan, visit the NPA Resources page.

Why is the NPA Important?

Despite improvements in overall health and well-being in the United States over the past several decades, disparities in health and health care continue to exist. The NPA was established to mobilize a nationwide, comprehensive, community-driven, and sustained approach to combating health disparities and to move the nation toward achieving health equity.

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The Mission

The mission of the NPA is to increase the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through the coordination of partners, leaders, and stakeholders committed to action.

The Goals and Strategies

The goals of the NPA were developed based on input from thousands of leaders from community, state, tribal, business, national, and federal sectors. The five goals are:

To help advance these goals, the NPA has identified five top priorities for action:

  • Strengthening access to quality health care
  • Supporting the implementation of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care
  • Educating youth and emerging leaders about health disparities and the social determinants of health so that they become champions for health equity. The NPA seeks to increase the knowledge of young adults through practical learning opportunities, including internships at the regional and national level
  • Strengthening the nation’s network of community health workers, who play a key role in disease prevention and health promotion
  • Promoting the integration of health equity in policies and programs

Click here to learn about NPA efforts to advance these priorities for action.

Last Modified: 2/22/2018 9:21:00 AM