Healthy People

Since 1980, the Healthy People initiative has set measurable objectives to improve the health and well-being of people nationwide. At the beginning of every decade, we launch a new iteration of the initiative that addresses the latest public health priorities and challenges. 

Healthy People 2030 is the initiative’s fifth iteration.

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Lessening Cancer Risks: Healthy Living, Preventive Measures, and Public Health Practice

At the heart of it, cancers are diseases caused by mutations in genes that ultimately fail to control the way our cells would normally function. Despite the complexity of factors and their interplay that lead to cancer, the evidence unequivocally suggests that there are measures that can be taken to reduce risk. When collectively addressed, these steps can help us to prevent many cancers. Within such a strategy, there are habits to avoid and habits to encourage.

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Healthy People 2020

HHS has assessed progress toward meeting objective targets over the last decade. Individuals, organizations, and communities committed to improving health and well-being can leverage this information to target their efforts in the new decade. 

Social Determinants of Health

Healthy People 2030 has an increased focus on how the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age affect health.