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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About Healthy People 2020

Who is responsible for Healthy People 2020?

Healthy People is managed by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The development of Healthy People is a collaborative effort that involves support and guidance from:

How is Healthy People 2020 funded?

ODPHP coordinates the Healthy People initiative, which includes agencies from HHS and other Federal departments. Individual agencies collaborate with ODPHP to fund agency-specific objectives. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) serves as the Healthy People data support team and provides funding for the major national data sources used to track many Healthy People objectives.

How can I get involved with Healthy People 2020?

There are many ways to get involved with Healthy People 2020:

Are there any internship or employment opportunities with Healthy People 2020?

Internship or employment opportunities with HHS can be found on the following Web sites:

I want a Healthy People 2020 staff person to speak at my event. Whom should I contact?

Staff from HHS may be available to speak at your Healthy People event. Contact the team by email at healthypeople@hhs.gov. Please provide the following information:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The date, time, and location of your planned event
  • The purpose and theme of your event
  • A list of organizations and individuals sponsoring your event

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Citing Healthy People 2020

How do I cite (reference) Healthy People 2020?

The suggested citation for Healthy People is:

Healthy People 2020 [Internet]. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion [cited [Date URL was accessed]]. Available from: [Specific URL].

How do I obtain permission to quote, print, or use content from Healthy People 2020?

The text of HealthyPeople.gov is in the public domain. Materials that are in the public domain may be linked to and reprinted without permission, as long as Healthy People 2020 is properly cited.

Please note, however, that there are restrictions on the use of the photographs on HealthyPeople.gov; they are not transferable and are not in the public domain.

Additionally, the HHS seal and logo are for official use only. They may not be used by the private sector.

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Data and Objectives

How are objective targets selected?

Targets for the objectives were set using science-based methods, such as:

  • Modeling
  • Projecting trends
  • Knowledge of scientific findings and current interventions

Where there was not adequate data, knowledge, or expertise, Healthy People 2020 targets were set using a 10% improvement rate, which is considered challenging yet achievable. This means we can expect that about half of the Healthy People 2020 targets will reach a 10% improvement rate by the end of the decade.

On a case-by-case basis, other alternative target-setting methods were used as appropriate (e.g., “total elimination”; consistency with national programs, regulations, policies, or laws; or retention of Healthy People 2010 targets). 

Where can I find the operational (detailed) definitions for Healthy People 2020 objectives?

Operational definitions can be found at the Health Indicators Warehous (HIW). When reviewing Healthy People objectives, click on the “Data from HHS Health Indicators Warehouse” link. Then select the Overview tab.

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Alternatively, you can go to HIW and search by objective. Simply type the objective number (such as C-1) in the search box at the top of the page.

Where can I find a Healthy People 2020 methodology section with ICD-10 codes?

ICD-10 codes can be found at HIW. When reviewing Healthy People objectives, click on the Data from HHS Health Indicators Warehouse link. Then select the Overview tab. The ICD-10 codes and age-adjustment groups are listed when available. 

You can also find this information by going to HIW and searching by objective. Simply type the objective number (such as C-1) in the search box at the top of the page.

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Healthy People 2010

Where can I find information and objectives on Healthy People 2010?

Whenever possible, objectives in Healthy People 2020 include a link to DATA2010, where the corresponding objective in Healthy People 2010 can be found. To view this link, click on the View Details button next to a specific objective. If available, the link will be listed under More Information.

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You can also access the Healthy People 2010 website.

How do I find out if the Healthy People 2010 objectives were met?

The Healthy People 2010 Final Review was released on October 6, 2011.

Still have questions?

For general questions about Healthy People, contact the team by email at healthypeople@hhs.gov.

For technical questions about Healthy People data, contact the data team at NCHS by email at HP2020DATA@CDC.gov.

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