Healthy People

Healthy People identifies our Nation’s health improvement priorities. For more than 30 years, Healthy People has established science-based national health objectives with clear targets that allow us to monitor progress, motivate action, and guide efforts to improve health across the country.

With a focus on ambitious, yet achievable, 10-year goals and targets, the Healthy People 2020 initiative:

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  • Establishes 26 Leading Health Indicators selected from high-priority objectives — the majority of which are making positive progress toward achieving their targets
  • Gathers and displays the best-available evidence and data to improve public health practices and strengthen existing health policies
  • Provides user-centered tools for health professionals to improve the health of their communities
  • Develops a platform for the public to give input and suggest additional objectives to ensure current public health priorities are represented