The Office of Behavioral Health Equity’s strategy and activities are driven by the following Federal and agency-level plans:
HHS Secretary’s Strategic Action Plan to Reduce Racial and
Ethnic Health Disparities outlines goals and actions HHS will
take to reduce health disparities among diverse racial and ethnic populations.
2011 National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity
provides a common set of goals and objectives for public and private sector initiatives
and partnerships to help underserved racial and ethnic groups reach their full health
National Prevention Strategy focuses on prevention
and wellness, including emotional health, to increase the number of Americans who
are health at every stage of life.
Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act requires
that data collection standards for race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability
status be used, to the extent practicable, in all national population health surveys.
Strategic Initiatives will guide SAMHSA’s work through 2014, focusing
resources on key issues in behavioral health. Each initiative includes specific
action steps to address disparities, elevating health equity across SAMHSA’s portfolio.
- White House Minority Initiatives and Executive Orders
aim to strengthen the capacity of minority-serving educational institutions to improve
outcomes for their students, including addressing health and behavioral health issues.
Last Updated: 04/09/2013