Region 8 Regional Health Priorities
The Regional Health Administrator for the U.S. Public Health Service is RADM Hugh S. Sloan, D.S.W., Assistant Surgeon General. Regional staff represent the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) which, under the direction of the Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General David Satcher, provides leadership to the Nation on issues of public health and science.
The theme of OPHS is: Healthy People in Healthy Communities through Public Health and Science. OPHS is focussing its efforts on six health priorities:
Assure a healthy start for every child;
Promote personal responsibility for healthy lifestyles and behaviors;
Eliminate racial disparities in health status and health care access and quality;
Enhance mental health prevention, treatment, and outcomes;
Increase awareness of and attention to global health concerns and their effects on the American people; and
Lead the national response to the health consequences of bioterrorism and promote the safety and availability of the blood supply.
OPHS will achieve success with these six priorities by employing four cross-cutting strategies:
Strengthen the science base for decision making by fosteriing research integrity, demonstration projects, and evaluations;
Improve the policies, programs and practices required to achieve priority objectives;
Increase the number of effective networks, coalitionsk and partnerships addressing priority objectives; and
Improve communications with various audiences to increase awareness and understanding of the major health problems confronting Americans.