The National Forum cooperative agreement aligns state and federal efforts by providing opportunities for state and territorial decision-makers to collaborate on the development and implementation of innovative strategies and best practices related to health workforce issues, health systems, and access
The purpose of the National Forum is to convene high level decision-makers representing state/territorial governors, their policy advisors, and state and federal health and human services providers, as well as private sector interests around issues relating to governance of specified healthcare delivery systems and public health issues of importance to state and territorial governments. As such, HRSA’s support of the National Forum program will assist governors and key policy staff to develop and implement innovative and sustainable solutions to challenges facing the health care safety net at the state and national level. This funding will support HRSA’s goals for enhancing service to the safety net population and furthers the key principles of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of service and sustainability. This cooperative agreement will provide assistance to the National Forum to carry out initiatives that support states’ and territories’ efforts that align with the purpose of the National Forum as described above.
The cooperative agreement also leverages limited HHS and HRSA resources to support cohesiveness with regional and national health and human services initiatives that align with federal efforts.