The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA)
The NPA is a national movement with the mission to increase the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through increased coordination with leaders, stakeholders and supporters across multiple sectors.
The NPA is driven by a model of partnerships. Partnerships are critical to accomplishing the goals of the NPA because health disparities are the product of complex interactions between several social determinants of health , across multiple sectors and over the life span. A partnership model ensures that efforts to address health disparities are comprehensive through recognition and engagement of critical stakeholders, and representation of relevant perspectives in all discourse. Finally, partnerships ensure that we maximize the impact and benefit of programs and activities to address disparities, especially given the increasing strain on available resources.
The NPA implementation structure comprises the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET), Tribes, 10 Regional Health Equity Councils (RHEC), State Offices of Minority Health, and other stakeholders and supporters at the national, state, and local levels.
Each part of the NPA implementation structure works with stakeholders and supporters from all sectors who are committed to planning, developing, and implementing efforts to reduce or eliminate health disparities. Stakeholders and supporters include community and faith-based organizations, professional societies, government agencies, national and local non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, foundations, corporations, businesses of all sizes, industry groups, colleges and universities, and individuals.
To join the NPA, take the online pledge at http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa. As a stakeholder or supporter, you join the national movement to end health disparities and become part of a network that shares best practices, strategies, and ideas. Stakeholders and supporters receive tools, materials and recognition for events and activities that address health disparities and the social determinants of health.
Compendium of Federal Datasets
The Federal Interagency Health Equity Team released a Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources, which compiles in one place dozens of public datasets and resources pertinent to research in the areas of health disparities and social determinants of health. The goal of the Compendium is to advance research, public policy and the public’s knowledge of issues related to health equity. Please click here to download and learn more about the Compendium and available datasets.
 The Social Determinants of Health include, but are not limited to education, jobs, health systems, food security, the physical and social environment, housing, transportation, etc.
Dr. Mirta Roses Welcomes Regional Health Equity Council Members
In a recorded video message, Dr. Mirta Roses, director of the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization's regional office, welcomes members of the Regional Health Equity Councils and recognizes their efforts to help end health disparities as part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. Dr. Roses acknowledges the pervasive issue of health disparities throughout North, Central and South America. She identifies race and gender in the United States as strong indicators of health status, and discusses disparities related to the accessibility of health care. Dr. Roses highlights areas that need improvement, attention and action, including the lack of quality data and visibility of health inequities, while applauding the efforts of HHS and OMH as they spearhead work that aligns with the "Faces, Voices and Places" initiative.