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 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 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:
Click here to learn about NPA efforts to advance these priorities for action.
Goals and Strategies - The image is of a graphic that depicts the five goals of the NPA and its National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity. Goal one is Awareness - Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations. Goal two is Leadership - Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels. Goal three is Health System and Life Experience - Improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations. Goal four is Cultural and Linguistic Competency - Improve cultural and linguistic competency and the diversity of the health-related workforce. Goal five is Data, Research, and Evaluation - Improve data availability and coordination, utilization, and diffusion of research and evaluation outcomes.