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Announcements: Release of Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will present the leading health indicators for Healthy People 2020 at 10:30 a.m. October 31, 2011, at the 139th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Healthy People 2020 provides a comprehensive set of 10-year national goals and objectives for improving the health of all persons in the United States. Introduced in 1979, the Healthy People initiative has grown to contain 42 topic areas, with approximately 600 objectives and nearly 1,200 targeted measures (1).

With guidance from the Institute of Medicine (2) and the Secretary's Advisory Committee, the Federal Interagency Workgroup developed the leading health indicators for Healthy People 2020. The indicators help communicate high-priority health issues to the public and actions that can be taken to address them. Additional information regarding Healthy People 2020 and the leading health indicators is available at, which will link to the streaming live broadcast of the October 31 event at


  1. US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2020. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2011. Available at Accessed October 21, 2011.
  2. Institute of Medicine. Leading health indicators for Healthy People 2020: letter report. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2011. Available at Accessed October 21, 2011.

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