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Developing Healthy People 2020


Healthy People is released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services each decade to support the idea that setting objectives and providing science-based benchmarks to track and monitor progress can motivate and focus attention to improve the health of Americans of all ages. Healthy People 2020 represents the fourth generation of the Healthy People Initiative. The comprehensive objectives and targets set by Healthy People 2020 are used to measure progress for health issues in communities across the country.

Key Points

Healthy People 2020 is committed to the vision of a “society in which all people live long and healthy lives.” Healthy People 2020 offers a list of Leading Health Indicators (LHI) intended to motivate action at the national, state, and local levels, as well as among individuals and communities.

The overarching goals of Healthy People 2020 include:

  • Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
  • Achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups.
  • Create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.
  • Promote quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages.

The Healthy People ( website can be used to further explore the numerous health topics and LHIs presented in the Healthy People 2020 report.

How to Use

Healthy People 2020 can be used by government officials at the federal, state, and local levels to gain an understanding of the leading health issues facing communities across the U.S. Understanding these key issues will help communities in their planning efforts to ensure residents live long and healthy lives. Tips and tools for implementing the Healthy People Initiative in your community are provided throughout the website. Additionally, planning and funding resources are provided in the “Implement” section of the site.

View full report: Healthy People 2020 (PDF – 948 KB)

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