Healthy People

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to:

  • Encourage collaborations across communities and sectors
  • Empower individuals toward making informed health decisions
  • Measure the impact of prevention activities

In December 2010, Healthy People launched Healthy People 2020, setting an ambitious 10-year agenda for improving the Nation’s health. Healthy People 2020 strives to:

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

Visit HealthyPeople.gov and explore Healthy People 2020’s:

  • Topics and Objectives to access more than 1,200 objectives across 42 topic areas
  • DATA2020 to see national health trends and data on Healthy People 2020 objectives
  • Evidence-Based Resources to search for health-related resources, like systematic reviews and the latest guidelines for preventive services
  • Stories from the Field to find out how communities across the country are implementing Healthy People 2020
  • Leading Health Indicators to learn about high-priority health issues and actions to address them
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