Healthy People 2030 meeting

Members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention gathered at a public meeting this week to discuss progress on objectives for Healthy People 2030. Photo by Julia Haskins/APHA

The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention gathered at a public meeting Sept. 6 to discuss progress on setting objectives for Healthy People 2030.

Healthy People — the federally led initiative that sets national health goals for each subsequent decade — is in the first phase of developing the framework for the upcoming Healthy People 2030 program. During this period, the advisory committee creates recommendations for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

The advisory committee is made up of experts across public health who will collaborate with stakeholders and members of the public as they refine their recommendations for Healthy People 2030.

The first day of the two-part meeting gave members of several subcommittees the opportunity to discuss the recommendations that they’ve developed so far in the presence of the full committee. Members asked questions and expressed their concerns about recommendations from subcommittee leaders before hearing from representatives from several public health organizations.

Glenda Wrenn Gordon, MD, MSHP, FAPA, chair of the subcommittee on social determinants of health and health equity, discussed the role of these themes within the Healthy People 2030 framework as well as their connection to health disparities. The subcommittee will be tasked with creating recommendations that reflect the themes of social determinants and health equity, integrating social determinants into measurement and reporting objectives and defining the relationship between social determinants and health equity, Wrenn said.

Next, Edward Sondik, PhD, chair of the data subcommittee, talked about the role of data in Healthy People 2030, including recommendations for making data more timely and more widely disseminated as well as developing a data logic model. The subcommittee has many considerations to make when it comes to using data in Healthy People 2030, including quality, quantity and periodicity, Sondik said. While a great deal of data go into Healthy People, an important goal this time around will be making data relatable at a local level, he said. For example, how do data from Pittsburgh compare to that from Tuscaloosa? How can different data sources be linked across the country?

Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA, MA, chair emeritus and chair of the prioritization subcommittee, then provided updates on developing criteria for selecting objectives. Right now, the subcommittee is tasked with giving priority to objectives that are the most quantifiable, including overall health burden, preventable burden, reducing health inequities and disparities, cost effectiveness and prevention effectiveness, he said. That’s no simple task, as there are currently about 1,200 objectives that need to be pared down — one of the big goals that will separate Healthy People 2030 from its previous versions.

Following the morning committee discussions, several public health leaders held presentations on how Healthy People could better connect with stakeholders in a range of industries, both directly and indirectly related to public health. For example, Paul Halverson, DrPH, MHSA, FACHE, founding dean of the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, encouraged the committee to work with programs and schools of public health. Edward Hunter, MA, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, spoke about cross-sector partnerships for Healthy People.

Past APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, led a discussion around development of a logo and other activities to help communicate about the program.

The advisory committee welcomes public comment on Healthy People 2030 through Sept. 29. To learn more or submit a comment, visit