APA Asks Its Experts to Comment on Draft Objectives for Healthy People 2020

The “Healthy People” process is built on objectives and benchmarks to monitor progress over time. The planning process is well under way, and comments are now being accepted online.

Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) employs insights from research, innovations in health care, and lessons learned from public health experience to set goals for improving the nation’s health over the next decade. The “Healthy People” process is built on objectives and benchmarks to monitor progress over time.  The planning process is well under way, and comments are now being accepted online on the draft goals and objectives. Comments may be submitted, and previous comments reviewed, from the website. Comments will be accepted online through December 31, 2009. We at APA urge you to go to the website and look over the draft.  It is an important document, and will be influential in shaping public health policy and practice over the next ten years.  There are many objectives, some retained from HP 2010, and others newly proposed.  From the topic areas page you can examine goals in any area (e.g. Adolescent Health, Diabetes, HIV).

Comment individually if you wish – then share your impressions and concerns with APA to help inform APA’s comments.  Contact Pat Kobor (202/336-5933), Science Government Relations Office,  no later than Friday, December 18, 2009 at 5 pm.