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Nineteenth Meeting: April 13, 2011

Secretary’s Advisory Committee on
National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020

Committee Recommendations

  • (No formal votes of the Committee were taken during this meeting.)

Next Steps

  • Committee Members are invited to recommend to ODPHP potential avenues for promoting the final report for Healthy People 2010 and encouraging its use among stakeholders.
  • The Subcommittee on Leading Health Indicators will reconvene to develop a set of recommendations for review by the full Committee at its next meeting in June, 2011.
  • The Committee’s guidance for the Subcommittee on LHI’s included the following:
    • Be explicit about where LHIs should be applied: the national, state, or local levels.
    • Focus on indicators that reflect the state of the nation without doing it in a way that hides issues that would affect certain regions or states.
    • Primarily use LHIs for the nation, and possibly to drive data collection efforts at the state level, but highlight cases where there is a subset of LHIs available at the local level.
    • Consider key audiences for the LHIs (e.g., the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Administration, public health community, academicians and Members of the private sector).
    • Consider using categories, such as life course, disparities, and past versus future approaches, to guide the LHIs.
    • A model of social and physical determinants of health over the life course could be used as a framework to structure the LHIs.
    • Consider whether indices can be used to fulfill the “communication” functions of the LHIs.
  • After the June meeting, the Committee will continue to provide support and guidance to ODPHP and the Secretary on issues related to the implementation and launch of Healthy People 2020.

I. Welcome and Desired Outcomes of the Meeting

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Chair of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 (the Committee) welcomed participants. He explained that the meeting’s primary focus would be on developing recommendations for a set of Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) for Healthy People 2020. The Members would hear updates from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), followed by a presentation from Dr. David Nerenz, Chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Leading Health Indicators for 2020. Dr. Nerenz would explain the 12 LHIs and 24 objectives recommended by IOM. Members would then hear an update from the Subcommittee on LHIs. The meeting would conclude with Committee discussion of a process for developing recommendations for a set of LHIs to the Secretary by June, 2011.

Launch of Healthy People 2020
Dr. Jonathan Fielding informed participants that the Healthy People 2020 Web site was launched on December 2, 2010. The launch event was held at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and was well-attended. Both the auditorium and the overflow space were filled to capacity, and approximately 9,000 people logged onto the event via Web streaming. The updated Healthy People Web site is now live at: http://www.healthypeople.gov/.

Purpose and Desired Outcomes of the Meeting
Dr. Fielding explained that the main focus of the day’s meeting would be to develop recommendations for a set of LHIs for Healthy People 2020. The Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW) is planning to submit recommendations for a set of LHIs to the Assistant Secretary for Health by mid-May. Dr. Fielding explained that the FIW has asked the Members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee to prepare their own recommendations for submission to the Secretary in June.

Dr. Fielding announced that the Institute of Medicine recently convened a Committee to develop and recommend 12 indicators and 24 objectives for consideration by HHS for guiding a national health agenda and for consideration to be included in Healthy People 2020. The IOM Committee released its final report on March 15, 2011. Dr. Fielding said that Dr. David Nerenz would be presenting at the meeting an overview of the IOM’s report, Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020.

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