Healthy People 2020: What Objectives Are We Meeting?
Healthy People is a government program focused on providing science-based, 10-year objectives for national health. Healthy People has been monitoring data and establishing benchmarks for over three decades to help shape goals for America’s future health.
What is the mission of Healthy People 2020
What progress has Healthy People 2020 made?
What are some targets Healthy People 2020 has reached?
1. TU 2.1 Reduce the use of tobacco products by adolescents (past month)
2. D-1 Reduce the annual number of new cases of diagnosed diabetes in the population
3. MICH-1.8 Reduce the rate of infant deaths from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
4. HDS-2 Reduce coronary heart disease deaths
5. C-1 Reduce the overall cancer death rate
Between 1999 and 2017, the cancer death rate in the U.S. went from 200.8 per 100,000 population to 152.5. The 2020 target was 161.4.
6. PA-1 Reduce the proportion of adults who engage in no leisure-time physical activity (percent, 18+)
The 2020 target for this initiative was 32.6. By 2018, the U.S. had reached 25.4, a decrease of 14.4% since 1997.
What Healthy People 2020 initiatives have seen little to no improvement?
1. RD-1.1 Reduce asthma deaths among children and adults under age 35 years (per million population)
Between the years 2007 and 2017, asthma deaths per million have increased from 3.4 per million to 4.
2. MHMD-1 Reduce the suicide rate (per 100,000 population)
3. SA-3.4 Increase the proportion of adolescents who disapprove of trying marijuana or hashish once or twice – 8th graders (percent)
4. IVP-1.1 Reduce fatal injuries (per 100,000 population)
5. IID-1.4 Reduce measles cases (U.S.-acquired cases)
While the U.S. has made significant progress in some areas of public health over the past several decades, other areas have revealed issues that have become more serious.
Hopefully Healthy People can use the final data from 2020 to design initiatives for 2030 to address some of the serious health crises facing our nation.
How do you feel about the progress of our public health initiatives?