Friday, December 17, 2010

America's New Health Goals: Healthy People 2020

The US Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) recently released their once-a-decade health objectives for the country, entitled Healthy People 2020. This is the fourth edition of the framework, which provides ambitious but achievable goals in a number of areas of health and health care.

Though by no means a mandate, the goals provide measurable objectives while identifying previous areas of weakness that could benefit from additional research efforts in order to reduce poor health outcomes and improve the investments we make in our health system. This decade there are a number of new metrics that reflect emerging needs for topics like genomics, healthcare-associated infections, and disaster preparedness. You can explore the list on the 2020 Topics and Objectives page.