Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020

Healthy People 2020 provides a comprehensive set of 10-year, national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans. A smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives, called Leading Health Indicators (LHIs), have been selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them.

The Leading Health Indicators are organized under 12 topic areas that encompass 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; reproductive and sexual health; social determinants; substance abuse; and tobacco. The indicators will be used to assess the health of the Nation, facilitate collaboration across sectors, and motivate action at the national, State, and community levels to improve the health of the U.S. population.

 

Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators Webinar Series

 

Substance Abuse

Although progress has been made in substantially lowering rates of abuse of some substances, the use of mind- and behavior-altering substances continues to take a major toll on the health of individuals, families, and communities nationwide. Substance abuse—involving drugs, alcohol, or both—is associated with a range of destructive social conditions, including family disruptions, financial problems, lost productivity, failure in school, injuries, domestic violence, child abuse, and crime. 

Learn how this complex public health issue is being addressed in one community and about resources available to help address this issue in your community.

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014  12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

 

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Clinical Preventive Services

Disease prevention and health promotion are key components to a healthy population. Clinical preventive services, such as routine disease screening and scheduled immunizations, play a large role in reducing death and disability and improving the Nation’s health. 

 

Widespread immunization is responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country and around the world. While we are making progress in the United States with respect to immunizations, disparities persist across socioeconomic groups that we need to address. Learn how The Arizona Partnership for Immunization is working to address the immunization needs of their community. This 60-minute Webinar will be led by the Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Dr. Don Wright, who will be joined by Jennifer Mullen, Health Communications Specialist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The webinar will include a roundtable discussion on the importance of immunizations, as well as strategies and resources to effectively address the Healthy People 2020 immunization objectives.

 

Thursday, May 22, 2014  12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

The recorded Webinar will be posted to this page soon. Learn more about the Clinical Preventive Services Leading Health Indicator topic. 

 

Reproductive and Sexual Health

Access to quality reproductive and sexual health services is an important piece of overall health care. These services not only cover a variety of key health issues including pregnancy prevention, HIV and STD testing and treatment, screening for reproductive cancers, and prenatal care, but also address other health needs by screening for intimate partner violence, providing substance abuse treatment referrals, and counseling on nutrition and physical activity.

Learn how Unity Health Care is working to address the reproductive and sexual health needs of one community. This 60-minute webinar includes a roundtable discussion on the importance of reproductive and sexual health, as well as strategies and resources to effectively address the Healthy People reproductive and sexual health objectives. Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard Koh, is joined by Tasmeen Weik, Health Scientist with the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) and Lorrie Gavin, Health Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP).

March 20, 2014

  • Download the PowerPoint Slides [PDF – 2.6 MB]
  • Learn more about the Reproductive and Sexual Health Leading Health Topic.
  • Oral Health

    Good oral health is essential to overall health. Oral diseases cause pain and disability for millions of Americans each year and may be prevented by increasing access to regular dental care. Learn about the effect oral health has on the Nation and ways to effectively address access to oral health care among underserved populations in your community.

     

    The webinar highlights how the Iowa Department of Public Health is working to improve the health of underserved populations by providing access to quality oral health care and include a roundtable discussion on the importance of oral health and effective strategies. The discussion is led by the Assistant Surgeon General, Chief Dental Officer, USPHS, Dr. William Bailey, who will be joined by Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, and Gina Thornton-Evans, DDS, MPH, Dental Officer, both from the Division of Oral Health, within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

     

    January 23, 2014

  • Download the PowerPoint Slides [PDF – 2.6 MB]
  • Learn more about the Oral Health Leading Health topic.

     

    The Nation's Health newspaper article

    Leading Health Indicators guide work to improve nation’s health: Healthy People 2020 steers US progress

    Released in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators are a set of 26 objectives that are considered to be priorities for improving the nation’s health. Find out how workers are using the indicators to improve health in this article from The Nation's Health newspaper.

     

    Podcasts from APHA

     

    What are the Leading Health Indicators?

    Download our podcast episode with Carter Blakey, deputy director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Department of Health and Human Services. Learn about the Leading Health Indicators and how you can use them to improve health in your community in this podcast from The Nation's Health newspaper.