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Learn About the NPA

Despite improvements in overall health and well-being in the United States over the past several decades, disparities in health and healthcare continue to exist. These disparities are persistent and pervasive, and carry a high societal burden in terms of the cost to individuals, families, communities and the economy because of their contributions to issues such as lost wages, low productivity, loss of valuable resources and reduced workforce capacity. In 2006, the HHS Office of Minority Health 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 National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA).

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. The activities of the NPA embody the principles of community-driven, cross-sector and partnership-based approaches, and promote a social-determinants of health approach for understanding the issues and defining the solutions.

To learn more about the NPA, view the video below.

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:

    • Education and Outreach on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
    • Support the implementation of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care.
    • Educate 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.
    • Strengthen the nation’s network of community health workers, who play a key role in disease prevention and health promotion.
    • Promote the integration of health equity in policies and programs.

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

Last Modified: 6/16/2016 2:12:00 PM