HHS revises global health strategy

March / April 2016 | Volume 15, Issue 2

Recognizing that the health and safety of Americans are more closely linked than ever before with the rest of the world's, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has revised its global strategy. Because health concerns of the 21st century don't stop at national borders, they require global solutions, the new plan notes.

Cover of the HHS Global Strategy

Three broad goals reflect the HHS mission in global health:

  • protect and promote the health and well-being of Americans through global action
  • improve global health and well-being by providing international leadership and technical expertise in science, policy, programs and practice
  • advance U.S. interests in international diplomacy, development and security through global action

The revised strategy acknowledges that in an increasingly interconnected world, decisions and policy implementation must take global factors into account. In addition to its overarching goals, the plan also includes objectives to strengthen the health workforce to ensure equitable access to quality health care; sustain current efforts to prevent and control infectious diseases; address the growing global burden of noncommunicable diseases; counter global health security threats; ensure the safe, quality supply of food, feed, and medical products; and meet the needs of vulnerable populations.

In 2012, HHS issued a strategic plan to guide global collaboration. The revised global health strategy is available from the HHS Office of Global Affairs.

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