Message from the Secretary

At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we strive every day to advance the health and well-being of the American people. Our work – from critical social services to breakthrough scientific discoveries – impacts millions of families across the country.
That’s why developing a new HHS Strategic Plan is more than just a compliance activity. A comprehensive strategic plan reflects the breadth, depth, and priorities of our Department’s work.

I’m proud that the HHS Strategic Plan FY 2022–2026 affirms our Department and the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to promoting equity in everything we do.

In addition, this plan lays out a comprehensive approach guided by five broad strategic goals, which are also reflected in the FY 2023–2026 Evidence-Building Plan and FY 2023 Evaluation Plan.

  • Protect and Strengthen Equitable Access to High Quality and Affordable Health Care
  • Safeguard and Improve National and Global Health Conditions and Outcomes
  • Strengthen Social Well-being, Equity, and Economic Resilience
  • Restore Trust and Accelerate Advancements in Science and Research for All
  • Advance Strategic Management to Build Trust, Transparency, and Accountability.

There are several aspects of the plan that are new for FY 2022–2026 in areas such as behavioral health, human services, research and evidence, and management. Across the Plan’s goals, objectives, and strategies, there is a focus on expanding access, reducing disparities in health care, public health, and human services outcomes, and ensuring our Department’s programs reach underserved communities.

None of us can do this alone. This plan is a true team effort, integrating contributions by all HHS Operating and Staff Divisions and comments from the public, including Congress, Tribes, and Tribal and Urban Indian Organizations.

I continue to be proud of the HHS team. Throughout this pandemic, our workforce has responded with resilience, professionalism, and an unflagging commitment to the HHS mission. This plan allows us to fulfill that mission over the next four years by building a brighter, healthier future for more American families.

Xavier Becerra
Secretary, Health and Human Services

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