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Developing a Plan for the Public’s Health: Healthy People 2030

Posted by on August 30th, 2017 Posted in: Public Health


In October of last year, we posted about some of the latest developments of Healthy People 2020, the national health promotion and disease prevention agenda released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Now, as we move closer to the goal year of 2020, it’s time for HHS to develop a new plan and set of goals for the public’s health – Healthy People 2030.

The purpose of Healthy People is to set a national agenda with regards to health, including measurable objectives with targets, data-driven outcomes, and program planning. In order to development such a document, HHS utilizes a three-pronged approach with collaboration between the Healthy People Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW), the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030, and public comment.

The federal Secretary’s committee, convened in December of 2016, is composed of non-federal, independent subject matter experts who will provide recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding HP 2030. The committee will complete their term in December 2018, and the FIW will work to finalize the report to be launched in 2020.

The first phase of development will focus on the overall framework of HP 2030, incorporating the 12 topics categorized as Leading Health Indicators. After determining the general framework, a set of objectives will be drawn up for each indicator. Throughout the development process, there will be an opportunity for public comment and stakeholder input for the plan.

One of the two primary periods for public comment is currently open for feedback on the framework for HP 2030. Those wishing to give their input can submit comments online through September 29, 2017. A second period of comment will occur during development of the objectives later next year. Visit HealthyPeople.gov for more information or go here to add your comments on the proposed framework.

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