Other Federal Departments with Major Health Programs
A number of other federal departments and agencies are responsible for important health-related activities:
State involvement in setting priorities is crucial, because Medicaid, health care financing innovations, and most public health activities—such as disease control and surveillance, emergency preparedness, and public information campaigns about tobacco and obesity—are carried out not just at the federal level, but in states and communities, as well. Greater inclusion of states in HHS strategic planning would be an important step forward, as states, despite their vital role in implementing HHS programs, frequently perceive that they are treated as an “interest group just like any other” (Boufford and Lee, 2001).
Health care experts outside government—such as professional associations, researchers and scientists, care providers, product manufacturers, business and labor, insurers, and health care associations—also should be consulted, as should consumer groups and organizations representing people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers.