Message from the Secretary
This is an exciting time for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Whether it’s providing millions of children, families, and seniors with access to high-quality health care, helping people find jobs and parents find quality child care, keeping the food on Americans’ shelves safe and infectious diseases at bay, or exploring new frontiers of biomedical research, we are working every day to give Americans the building blocks they need to live healthy, successful lives.
To achieve these goals, we must always keep an eye on the future—to prepare for the next public health emergency, to pursue the next lifesaving cure, and to support the development of the next generation of Americans. But we must also frequently look closer at old programs and existing services and ask: What needs to be changed? How can we serve Americans better? What can be done faster, less expensively, and with higher quality and greater transparency?
It was with these questions in mind that we developed this Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2010–2015. It reflects the contributions of every operating and staff division, and it sets forth the Department’s overarching goals for the next 5 years:
- Strengthen Health Care
- Advance Scientific Knowledge and Innovation
- Advance the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of the American People
- Increase Efficiency, Transparency, and Accountability of HHS Programs
- Strengthen the Nation’s Health and Human Services Infrastructure and Workforce
Together, these goals form our vision for how our Department can contribute to an even stronger, healthier, and more prosperous America in the years to come.
Achieving this vision will not be easy. But with these goals in hand, we have a clear direction, and we look forward to the challenge of building on our successes to serve Americans even better.
That work begins now.
Health and Human Services
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