HHS Announces Health Workforce Strategic Plan

October 29, 2021
Policy Snapshot

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration, released the HHS Health Workforce Strategic Plan

This plan, required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provides a forward-looking framework for health workforce improvements, focused on four key goals:

  • Expanding supply
  • Ensuring equitable distribution
  • Improving quality
  • Enhancing the use of data and evidence to improve program outcomes

The plan will help coordinated efforts to address long-standing barriers to strengthening the health workforce. 

The plan focuses on: 

  • Recruiting and training health professionals from underserved communities to build a diverse, representative health workforce
  • Ensuring equitable distribution of the workforce across geographic areas and health professions
  • Strengthening the ability of the workforce to deliver high-quality care, including through strengthening cultural and linguistic competency of health professionals
  • Using evidence and data to make better decisions about our health workforce education and training investments

Take a look at the full plan.