By Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
Since 1979, Healthy People has set science-based, measurable objectives with targets that are used to benchmark and monitor progress toward improving the health of all Americans over the course of a decade. Healthy People looks at health promotion and disease prevention through the lens of social determinants of health, recognizing that factors like zip code, economic stability, education, community, and access to health care are key to improving health outcomes. This focus on social determinants helps drive action across sectors to improve health and eliminate disparities in our nation’s communities. In 2020, Healthy People will begin its fifth decade of setting our national prevention agenda.
On November 16, 2016, we announced the appointment of 13 nationally recognized subject matter experts in health promotion, disease prevention, epidemiology, health literacy, communication, law, and state and local public health practice who will help us chart the course for Healthy People 2030.
During their two-year term, the Committee members will meet publicly to review and evaluate current policy and scientific evidence as they prepare their recommendations. The Committee’s recommendations, along with input from the public and Federal partners, will help inform Healthy People 2030. Information about how to participate and opportunities to provide public comment to the Committee will be available on healthypeople.gov.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS will lead the development of Healthy People 2030 and host the Committee’s public meetings. The first meeting will take place on December 1-2, 2016 in Washington, DC. For information about the meetings, including how to register to attend, visit healthypeople.gov.
The following individuals have been appointed to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030:
Dushanka V. Kleinman, DDS, MScD, Co-Chair
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Nico Pronk, PhD, MA, FACSM, FAWHP, Co-Chair
Vice President for Health Management and Chief Science Officer, HealthPartners
Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA, MA, Chair Emeritus
Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine; Founder and Director, UCLA Center for Health Advancement
Abdulrahman El-Sayed, MD, DPhil
Executive Director & Health Officer, Detroit Health Department, City of Detroit
Susan F. Goekler, PhD, MCHES
Emeritus CEO, American School Health Association
Cynthia A. Gómez, PhD
Director, Health Equity Institute, San Francisco State University
Paul K. Halverson, DrPH, MHSA, FACHE
Founding Dean and Professor, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University
Mary A. Pittman, DrPH
President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Institute
Therese S. Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Clinical Operations, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Edward J. Sondik, PhD
Former Director, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Joel B. Teitelbaum, JD, LLM
Associate Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health and School of Law, and Co-Director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, The George Washington University
Glenda L. Wrenn Gordon, MD, MSHP, FAPA
Director, Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences