Wednesday, October 14, 2015

HRSA Releases Strategic Plan for FY 2016-2018

Dana Halvorson


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care for the tens of millions of Americans who, for a variety of reasons, are medically underserved or face barriers to needed care. HRSA has released it strategic plan for FY 2016 – 2018. According to a posting on the HRSA website, “This Strategic Plan FY 2016-FY 2018 is a blueprint for HRSA as it addresses ongoing access and service delivery issues in the context of an evolving health care system. The Plan reflects the Agency’s commitment to build upon past successes while advancing its mission to improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs. The Strategic Plan sets forth five mission-critical goals:


Goal 1: Improve Access to Quality Health Care and Services
Goal 2: Strengthen the Health Workforce
Goal 3: Build Healthy Communities
Goal 4: Improve Health Equity
Goal 5: Strengthen HRSA Program Management and Operations


Because of their continuing relevance the first four goals are the same as those in HRSA’s Strategic Plan 2010-2015. A fifth goal has been added to focus on improving and strengthening operational and programmatic efficiency and effectiveness.” The posting goes on to include that “the Strategic Plan will help inform program- and operational-level planning and resource allocation decisions over the next three years. It aligns with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Strategic Plan 2014-2018.” The full HRSA strategic plan can be found here.

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