News & Announcements

Learn about new ODPHP trainings and initiatives, stay current on our programs and projects, and read stories from the field showing our national policies at work.

Healthy People 2020, a federal policy initiative that establishes national public health objectives with 10-year targets and monitors progress over time in meeting those targets, includes several objectives under the topic of Environmental Quality aimed at encouraging an environment free of hazards, such as secondhand smoke, carbon monoxide, allergens, lead, and toxic chemicals, to help prevent disease and other health problems.…

Healthfinder.gov provides toolkits for several National Health Observances, including American Diabetes Month in November. The toolkits provide resources for organizations like schools, healthcare providers, health departments, and more to raise awareness about critical public health issues, like diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States.…

September 30 is National PrepareAthon! Day, the culmination of National Preparedness Month. During September, several federal agencies and national partners work to encourage preparedness activities across the country. Our colleagues at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) brought their perspectives on patient-centered care for America’s aging population to the Healthy Aging Summit, hosted by ODPHP this summer.…

The White House issued a presidential proclamation announcing that September 2015 is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The proclamation marks the fifth year that the White House has encouraged all Americans to observe National Childhood Obesity Month by learning about and engaging in activities that promote healthy eating and greater physical activity among children.…

September is Healthy Aging month. Share this quiz with tips on how to keep older adults healthy and feeling great in their 60s, 70s, and beyond, including information about preventive services, diet and exercise, fall prevention, oral health, cardiovascular disease, and caregivers.

Healthfinder.gov offers many resources and tools for older adults to learn how to stay healthy.…

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This national health observance, sponsored by National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan.

Healthy People 2020, a federal policy initiative that establishes national public health objectives with 10-year targets and monitors progress over time in meeting those targets, includes several objectives under the topic of Immunization and Infectious Disease aimed at increasing vaccine coverage and reducing vaccine preventable diseases.…

At the 2015 Health Datapalooza conference in June, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), introduced a collaboration between HHS and CVS Health to increase access to information about preventive services through ODPHP’s myhealthfinder tool:

To make myhealthfinder more readily available to more people, we recently developed a free, publically available application programming interface (API) to integrate the tool into any website.…