HHS releases strategic plan for 2018-22: 5 things to know

HHS released a draft of its five-year strategic plan Tuesday, which covers fiscal years 2018 through 2022.

The strategic plan outlines how HHS will advance its goals that address evolving health and human services issues. According to the plan, the strategies are "not intended to be an exhaustive list, but a curated set of activities that [HHS] believe[s] will positively impact health outcomes."

Here are HHS' five strategic goals.

1. Reform, strengthen and modernize the nation's healthcare system. HHS seeks to promote affordable healthcare while balancing spending. It hopes to improve access to care by expanding choice and investing in the healthcare workforce.

2. Protect the health of Americans where they live, learn, work and play. The agency aims to promote health and wellness while preventing communicable and chronic disease, reducing mental and substance abuse disorder, and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.

3. Strengthen the economic and social well-being of Americans across the lifespan. HHS seeks to eliminate social and economic obstacles to health opportunities by reforming programs that assist specific populations, safeguarding the public against preventable injuries and violence, and promoting evidence-based practices to support healthy children and family development.

4. Foster sound, sustained advances in the sciences. HHS says it will strengthen, advance and disseminate knowledge to improve public health outcomes. It will engage in partnerships that use data and information to develop evidence-based, high-quality care and interventions.

5. Promote effective and efficient management and stewardship. The agency will allocate funds to develop the systems, workforce and infrastructure needed to address the nation's health challenges. It adds that many of its legacy systems need to be upgraded to ensure the safety and integrity of human and digital assets and to mitigate cyber risk.

Stakeholder comment on the draft strategic plan is due to HHS Oct. 26.

Click here for the full strategic plan.

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