The launch of the National Stakeholder Strategy on April 8, 2011 commenced the implementation phase of the NPA. Following this launch, health equity coalitions (the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team and the Regional Health Equity Councils) were created to support the implementation of the NPA. The NPA also established key partnerships to extend the reach of its activities. Five priority areas were also identified to focus the efforts of the NPA on enabling long-term sustainable action on health disparities and addressing the critical immediate needs of racial and ethnic minority and underserved populations. Accordingly, NPA activities in these priority areas have aimed to build the capacity across sectors for action on health disparities at all levels of society, promote and support systems change, empower individuals to improve their health and create a network of leaders and practitioners working toward the common goal of a nation without disparities.
A selection of activities are listed below, to be updated periodically:
The NPA has prioritized the education of uninsured and underinsured consumers about the benefits of the health insurance provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act). The Affordable Care Act includes provisions related broadly to health insurance coverage, health insurance reform, and access to care, as well as those related to health disparities reduction, data collection and reporting, quality improvement, and prevention. [Read More…]
The NPA supports the implementation of the National CLAS Standards through activities that reflect and build on the premise that effective communication is key for successful interactions between health care providers and their patients. The NPA supports the implementation of the national CLAS standards through strategies on workforce diversity, cultural competency training, and development of the field of practice. [Read More…]
One of NPA’s five goals outlined in the National Stakeholder Strategy (NSS) is
Strengthening and broadening leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels is a key goal of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA roadmap, also known as the National Stakeholder Strategy (NSS) specifically identifies youth as a target audience for media messages and a key demographic for leadership development. The “youth National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities” (yNPA) priority area was developed in response to this need and serves the purposes to: prepare young people to become future leaders and practitioners by educating them about health disparities and the Social Determinants of Health; and engage youth in health equity work.
Strengthening the nation’s network of Community Health Workers as a critical part of the disease prevention and health promotion workforce, to identify and meet the needs of underserved communities is a priority area within the NPA. This priority area seeks to leverage the power of community-centered prevention to improve the health and well-being of underserved and racial and ethnic minority communities across the nation. [Read More…]
This NPA priority promotes the consideration of equity in the development and implementation of all policies and programs of public and private organizations, in recognition that all policies and programs have the potential to impact health and the social determinants of health. This priority area embraces an approach that seeks to engage both public and private organizations to leverage their policies and programs to assure the conditions for optimal health for all people.