Synthesis of HRSA’s Efforts and Accomplishments to Eliminate Health Disparities

Project Overview

The purpose of this project was to develop a comprehensive inventory of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) activities, initiatives, accomplishments, and data sources to reduce and eliminate racial/ethnic health disparities. Although there were many programmatic efforts, initiatives, and accomplishments within HRSA aimed at eliminating health disparities, there was no comprehensive inventory to describe these efforts. The goal of this project was to develop an up-to-date, comprehensive summary of the health disparities-focused initiatives. This included the title of the initiative; the HRSA Bureau or Office; the target population; the accomplishments; the HRSA goal that the initiative met; the National Action Plan goal that the initiative addressed; barriers to implementation; and the potential role in which the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHHD) could help. Additionally, Insight developed a summary description of the various databases throughout HRSA that could be used to conduct analyses that would assist in the elimination of racial/ethnic health disparities.

This project included 5 primary components:

  • Develop and populate an Access database with program initiatives to date.
  • Review and synthesize all current information including program information, grantee applications and progress reports, and online information from each Agency.
  • Conduct a survey of division and office directors from each of HRSA’s 6 Bureaus and Offices.
  • Conduct in-person, in-depth interviews with leaders from each of HRSA’s 6 Bureaus.
  • Develop a detailed written summary of all HRSA activities and accomplishments.

The final database is used by OMHHD in reporting HRSA activities and monitoring improvements in the reduction of health disparities over time

Core Activities

Literature Reviews and Environmental Scans; Qualitative Research; Survey Design and Implementation; Database Development


Insight provided a comprehensive database of health disparities activities, along with available databases for researching health disparities, to OMHHD for internal use and application.