“Healthy People unifies the country…it drives action in a public way to make our country stronger and healthier,” said Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, during today’s session on the “National Release of 2020 Leading Health Indicators.”
Koh spoke to a packed room of Annual Meeting attendees as he released the 12 leading health indicator topic areas to resounding applause and cheer. The indicators are high-priority health issues included in Healthy People 2020, the nation’s health objectives for the current decade. The indicators are intended to help health and public health professionals assess the health of the nation, facilitate collaboration and action, and help motivate entire communities to action.
So, ladies and gentlemen, here are your new leading health indicator topic areas: Access to health services; clinical preventive services, environmental quality; injury and violence; maternal, infant and child health; mental health; nutrition, physical activity and obesity; oral health (which made this list for the first time); reproductive and sexual health; social determinants (a theme that Koh said has galvanized decision-makers); substance abuse; and tobacco.
To keep reading about the launch, visit the APHA Annual Meeting Blog.