Exposure to secondhand smoke causes significant health problems in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), secondhand smoke harms both children and adults — and the only way to completely protect people who don’t smoke is to eliminate smoking in all homes, work environments, and public places.

Health care-associated infections (HAIs) are infections people get while receiving care for another condition. HAIs are a significant cause of illness and death, affecting about 1 in 25 Americans who receive hospital care. To address the problem of HAIs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination (HAI Action Plan) in 2009.…

The Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee is composed of 17 nationally recognized experts in the fields of physical activity and health. Today, we are highlighting Dr. John Jakicic, a professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity and Director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. On the Committee, Dr. Jakicic is the chair of the Cardiometabolic Health and Weight Management Subcommittee and is a member of the Exposure, Promotion of Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behavior Subcommittees.
The ONC Patient Engagement (PE) Playbook was created by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to help healthcare professionals use health information technology (health IT) to provide better care to patients. The PE Playbook focuses specifically on electronic health record (EHR) patient portals, which allow both patients and healthcare teams, concurrent with patients’ privacy preferences, to easily access patient health information — which may lead to increased benefits for healthcare, such as improved health outcomes and lower costs.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) plays a role unlike any other in the Nation’s health care system. This independent body of volunteer medical experts helps clinicians evaluate and apply preventive health care services for patients with no recognized signs or symptoms of disease. Their recommendations aim to help primary care clinicians and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for a patient's needs.
More people in the United States have access to health care today than in 2010. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the percentage of uninsured people among all age groups decreased from 16% in 2010 to 9% in 2016. During the same time period, the percentage of people among all age groups who had a usual place to go for medical care increased from 85.4% to 88.1%. People without insurance are less likely to receive care and more likely to have poor health, while people with a usual place to go for care have better health outcomes and lower health care costs. 

The Healthy People 2020 team is pleased to announce the release of our health disparities data widget. The widget provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). LHIs are critical health issues that — if tackled appropriately — will dramatically reduce the leading causes of death and preventable illnesses.…

By Alexandra Black, Health Promotion Manager at IHRSA

Men in the United States, on average, have a shorter life expectancy than women, and are more likely to die from the top cause of death – heart disease. According to the CDC, about one-third of men over age 20 are obese or have high blood pressure, and just over half meet physical activity guideline recommendations.  …

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends lung cancer screening for older adults who are current or former heavy smokers and would be willing to have surgery if cancer were found. Screening can save lives, but is not risk free. In addition to exposure of radiation, 35.6% of those screened will have a false alarm and 1.8 percent will have a needless invasive procedure (e.g., a biopsy). As a primary care physician, you’ll want to help your patients make what may be a tough decision.
June 27, 2017 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET | Register Now

Register for the fourth meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Committee). The Committee will:

Discuss the development of the Nation’s health promotion and disease prevention objectives Receive updates from the subcommittees regarding the efforts they are undertaking

You can be a part of the Healthy People 2030 development process.…