HHS’s Rural Action Plan is the first HHS-wide assessment of rural healthcare efforts in more than 18 years and the product of HHS’s Rural Task Force, a group of experts and leaders across the department first put together by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alexander Azar in 2019. This action plan provides a roadmap for HHS to strengthen departmental coordination to better serve the millions of Americans who live in rural communities across the United States. It focuses on four key areas of strategy, including:
– Building a sustainable health and human services model for rural communities.
– Leveraging technology and innovation.
– Focusing on preventing disease and mortality.
– Increasing rural access to care.