HHS releases 2023 update to Equity Action Plan

Feb. 14, 2024
Outlines new commitments to advance equity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2023 update to its Equity Action Plan, in coordination with the Administration’s whole-of-government equity agenda.

To develop this Equity Action Plan, HHS engaged with the public through visits to communities, listening sessions and roundtables with people impacted by or interested in these issues, grantee and research community discussions, Tribal consultations, formal written invitations for comment, and more.

HHS’ Equity Action Plan outlines five priority areas to advance equity:

  • Prevent neglect and improve care to help children thrive in their families and communities. 
  • Promote accessible and welcoming healthcare for all. 
  • Improve maternal health outcomes for rural, racial, and ethnic minority communities. 
  • Prioritize the behavioral health of underserved populations. 
  • Increase clinical research and trial diversity to support innovation. 

HHS release