The organization “Healthy People” offers scientifically sound ten-year goals for improving the health and well-being of Americans. On December 20, 2010, the organization launched “Healthy People 2020,” an impressive yet attainable, ten-year plan that is intended to improve the Nation’s health. “Healthy People 2020” is a multi-year program that incorporates scientific research with feedback from a variety of individuals and organizations. For the past thirty years, “Healthy People” has established benchmarks to help individuals monitor their long-term health-related progress.
“Healthy People” use the following benchmarks to help people achieve their health-related goals:
As an organization, “Healthy People” strives to help people make informed decisions about their health and well-being so that they can live long, healthy lives.
“Healthy People 2020” not only strives to identify universally-accepted health improvement objectives, it also educates the public on the importance of following and/or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is important to boost public awareness so that individuals know their options when it comes to their health and well-being. Individuals with medical conditions and/or disabilities need to know that they can improve their conditions by setting achievable goals.
Other “Healthy People 2020” goals include: helping individuals achieve realistic, measurable goals that can be applied at many different levels (locally, state-wide and nationally), encouraging different organizations, companies, groups and individuals to take an active role in reinforcing health-related policies, improving the most effective practices and refining evaluation, research and data collection methods.
The main goals of “Healthy People 2020” are: to help individuals avoid preventable diseases, injuries and/or disabilities that can shorten and/or reduce the quality of their lives, help all individuals have access to health prevention exams and tests, eliminate health-related discrimination, improve the health of everyone, create a healthy environment that supports healthy eating, exercise and an overall healthy lifestyle and help individuals improve the quality of their lives through education, guidance and the willingness to embrace a healthier lifestyle through all of the various stages of life.
“Healthy People 2020” bases its program on the following objectives, goals and initiatives:
HealthyPeople.gov was recently awarded with the gold Web Health Award for providing quality online health resources for individuals and health professionals. Organizations were primarily judged on their ability to reach their target health audience and to provide quality online health-related information to individuals. “Healthy People 2020” has also renewed its focus when it comes to recognizing, assessing, tracking and reducing healthcare inequalities.
Some of the new topics that the organization will be focusing on include: adolescent health, early childhood, middle childhood, blood disorders, blood safety, dementias, global health, quality of life and well-being, elderly, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health, sleep health, social health factors, health awareness and health-related infections.
Other new “Healthy People 2020” developments include:
Health People. (2013). Home page. Retrieved from http://healthypeople.gov/2020/default.aspx