Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Healthy People 2020: The Road Ahead

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Healthy People 2020: The Road Ahead

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Since 1979, Healthy People has set and monitored national health objectives to meet a broad range of health needs, encourage collaborations across sectors, guide individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of our prevention activity. Every 10 years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leverages scientific insights and lessons learned from the past decade, along with new knowledge of current data, trends, and innovations. Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease. Currently, Healthy People 2010 is leading the way to achieve increased quality and years of healthy life and eliminate health disparities. Healthy People 2020 will reflect assessments of major risks to health and wellness, changing public health priorities, and emerging issues related to our nation's health preparedness and prevention.

The Healthy People process is inclusive and collaborative. The development process strives to maximize transparency, public input, and stakeholder dialogue to ensure that Healthy People 2020 is relevant to diverse public health needs and takes advantage of opportunities to achieve its goals. …

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