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Healthy People 2020 is a national effort that sets goals and objectives to improve the health and well-being of all Americans.


Established in 1979, the Healthy People initiative has been advocating for and promoting national health and disease prevention and reducing preventable death and injury. The initiative includes ambitious, quantifiable objectives to achieve national health promotion and disease prevention goals for the United States.


Healthy People integrates input from public health and prevention experts, a wide range of federal, state and local government officials, a consortium of more than 2,000 organizations and most importantly the public.


Every decade, the Healthy People initiative develops a new set of objectives to improve the health of Americans.  


Healthy People 2020 contains 42 topic areas with more than 1,200 objectives referred to as Leading Health Indicators (LHI).    These LHI have been selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them.


The new set of LHI added to Healthy People 2020 include:

  • Improving the healthy development, health, safety, and well-being of adolescents and young adults.
  • Preventing illness and disability related to blood disorders and the use of blood products
  • Reducing the morbidity and costs associated with and maintain or enhance the quality of life for, persons with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Documenting and tracking population-based measures of health and well-being for early and middle childhood populations over time I the United States.
  • Improving health and preventing harm through valid and useful genomic tools in clinical and public health practices.
  • Improving public health and strengthening U.S. national security through global disease detection, response, prevention, and control strategies.
  • Preventing, reducing and ultimately eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
  • Improving the health, safety, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
  • Improving the health, function and quality of life of older adults.
  • Improving the nation’s ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a major health incident.
  • Increasing public knowledge of how adequate sleep and treatment of sleep disorders improve health, productivity, wellness, quality of life, and safety on roads and in the workplace.


The Healthy People 2020 initiative is part of the United States Health and Human Services Department.  The Healthy People website allows users to tailor information to their needs and explore evidence-based resources for implementation. For more information on the Healthy People 202O initiative and to review resources that may benefit your healthcare organization, see the Healthy People website at:







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