Settings for Public Health Practice
Explore the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website at http://www.hhs.gov/about/index.html. Choose an agency of HHS, and explore what the agency does, when it was created, and who is in charge. Could certain agencies be combined? If so, which ones?
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services is a domestic governmental agency in the United States that promotes the health and wellbeing of the American people (Homer, 2017). The department of health and human services also focuses on providing essential human services, especially to those individuals who are so vulnerable and have some difficulties affording healthcare and vital human services good health. It accomplishes its mission through sustainable, diverse programs and initiatives that focus on the American people to better their lives. The paper discusses one of the health and human services agencies and any agencies that could be combined.
Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality was first created in 1989 as Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and later changed to the current name in 1999. The U.S. government is in charge of this agency to ensure that the American population is healthier. This agency was among the first national agencies that promoted health literacy. This agency states that evidence-based information is relevant in ensuring quality healthcare practice and increasing healthier outcomes among the American people. It helps provide evidence in healthcare research through data analysis, tools, and methods used in implementing healthcare interventions to improve the healthcare systems and promote safe and quality healthcare practices in the United States (Brach & Borsky, 2020). Several studies have proven that AHRQ has improved patient safety by reducing harm and providing quality care in a greater version (Shoemaker-Hunt et al., 2020).
Combination of Some Agencies
Some agencies can be combined to achieve the strategic goal. In my opinion, I believe some agencies could be combined. Examples of these agencies include Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources (ASFR) and Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH). The ASFR is responsible for guidance on the secretary’s general financial management and health policies. It also supports and coordinates various health and human service department activities. On the other hand, ASH offers general advice and overseas health and human services in the United States to help in proper planning and coordination. Therefore, when both are combined, they can help manage financial costs used in health interventions to improve health care systems.
Brach, C., & Borsky, A. (2020). How the U.S. agency for healthcare research and quality promotes health literate health care. Studies in health technology and informatics, 269, 313.
Homer, C. (2017). Human services: An essential partner in improving health in the United States. Public Health Reports, 132(2), 127-129. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0033354916689662
Shoemaker-Hunt, S., Hall, K., & Hoffman, L. (2020). Advancing Patient Safety: Reviews From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Making Healthcare Safer III Report. Journal of Patient Safety, 16(3 1 Suppl), S1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7447167/