A small subset of high-priority Healthy People 2030 objectives will be selected to drive action toward improving health and well-being. These objectives — known as Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) — help organizations, communities, and states across the nation focus their resources and efforts to improve the health and well-being of all people.

Healthy People 2030 LHIs are expected to be released in late 2020.

How will Leading Health Indicators be selected?

The Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW) — which has members from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies — will select Healthy People 2030 LHIs. To select LHIs, the FIW will consider recommendations from the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 [PDF - 164 KB] and recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine [PDF - 3.1 MB].

Criteria for Leading Health Indicators

As a set, LHIs will address the life span. Objectives classified as LHIs will:

  • Focus on upstream measures, like risk factors and behaviors, instead of disease outcomes
  • Address issues of national importance
  • Address high-priority public health issues that have a major impact on public health outcomes
  • Be modifiable in the short term (through evidence-based interventions and strategies to motivate action at the national, state, local, and community levels)
  • Address social determinants of health, health disparities, and health equity