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Healthy People 2020 (HP)
This federal web site managed by the US Department of Health and Human Services “provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. “


  • To identify nationwide health improvement priorities.
  • To increase public awareness and understanding of the determinants of health, disease, and disability and the opportunities for progress.
  • To provide measurable objectives and goals applicable at the national, State, and local levels.
  • To engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge.
  • To identify critical research, evaluation, and data collection needs.

Goals are to attain, achieve, create and promote

  • High-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
  • Health equity, eliminate disparities and improve the health of all groups.
  • Social and physical environments that promote good health for all.
  • Quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages.

Four foundation health measures – indicators of progress:

  • General health status
  • Health-related quality of life and well-being
  • Determinants of health (what makes some people healthy? How to give everyone a chance.)
    • Policymaking
    • Social factors
    • Health services
    • Individual behavior
    • Biology and genetics
  • Disparities (where a health outcome is seen in greater or lesser extent between populations.  Can be racial, ethnic, sexual identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, geographic location)

The site includes sections on 2020 topics, objectives, and resources (e.g., webinars), plus

  • Tools & strategies for use in your community – assess, get partners, plan, implement, evaluate
  • Getting Involved (join the national HP consortium, your State’s activities, the HP list-serve)
  • Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) –  each indicator has an associated  “Latest Data” page
    • Access to health services
    • Clinical preventive services
    • Environmental quality
    • Injury and violence
    • Maternal, infant and child health
    • Mental health
    • Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
    • Reproductive and Sexual Health
    • Social Determinants
    • Substance Abuse
    • Tobacco