Seventh Meeting: December 17, 2008
Secretary's Advisory Committee on
National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020
Seventh Meeting: December 17, 2008
- No formal votes were taken during the meeting.
- HHS has requested timely feedback from the Committee in two key
- "Topic area" categories that can be used to organize the objectives,
- Methodologies that can be used to set targets for the objectives.
- NORC and Committee members will help to disseminate the Phase I
- Committee members agreed to issue their recommendations for Phase II
through a series of short documents rather than a single, long report.
- The Committee will prepare a statement noting that achieving Healthy
People goals is tied to economic and social policy and key actions could
make a big difference.
- NORC will develop for the Committee’s use a bulleted list of key
issues relating education, health reform, and economic recovery to
- ODPHP will prepare an analysis of two or three "exemplar" objectives
from Healthy People 2010: one where the target was reached, one where
the target was not relevant or where results were mixed, and one where
the target was not reached.
- Dr. Patrick Remington will share a document that lists over 400
evidence-based programs and policies that he and his colleagues are
compiling in Wisconsin.
- RADM Slade-Sawyer will submit in writing her questions for the
- Committee members will review the Partnership for Preventions
"Action Guides" http://www.prevent.org/ as examples of how Healthy
People materials could be translated into practical, how-to guidance for
program planning and development.
Potential Topics for the January Meeting
- A presentation from the Office of the National Coordinator for
- Comment from the National Center for Health Statistics on health
- Exemplars of past progress on Healthy People objectives
- Findings from the User Questions and Needs focus groups.
All Committee members were present except for Dr. Everold Hosein
I. Introductory Remarks
RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health,
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and Director of the Office of
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), welcomed the audience
to the seventh meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Health
Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 (the Committee).
She noted that the Committee’s Phase I Report has been posted on the
Healthy People 2020 public Web site at
The Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW) considered the Committee’s
recommendations in developing the framework that will be released by the
Department. RADM Slade-Sawyer noted that the FIW’s Phase I
recommendations for the overall vision, mission, goals and organizing
framework would be submitted for departmental clearance. Phase II of the
Healthy People 2020 development process will encompass the development
of objectives and strategies for achieving them. The objective selection
process will include extensive public input. The entire Healthy People
2020 initiative will be launched in early 2010.
II. Desired Outcomes of the Meeting
Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Committee Chair, thanked the members for their
work and indicated that the Committee would be discussing dissemination
of Phase I report and the possibility of briefing the incoming HHS
Secretary. In addition, the timeline and work plan for Phase II,
including public engagement, would be addressed. Additionally, the
Committee would talk about potential topics for their in-person meeting
in Washington D.C. in January, 2009.
III. Current Work of the FIW & HHS’ Direction
RADM Slade-Sawyer reported that the FIW had continued to add
representatives from other federal departments, including the Department
of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A
timeline for the FIW’s Phase II activities was being prepared. She
indicated that the FIW recognizes the need to look at health issues from
a global perspective and has established a new subgroup to interface
with other global initiatives and consider the development of a global
health topic area.
The Healthy People 2010 Focus Area workgroups were starting to review
and revise specific objectives based on scientific evidence and had
received final objective development criteria; they will submit proposed
objectives and baseline data sources to the FIW in early 2009. The FIW
would soon undertake development of a target-setting methodology. Among
the questions being considered were whether targets should be
aspirational or achievable, and what rationale should be required for
setting targets. Strategies for implementation and translation of
research into practice were also being reviewed. RADM Slade-Sawyer said
feedback from the public and non-HHS federal agencies would be critical
in answering these questions. The FIW is working on issues related to
the format of Healthy People 2020, including how an electronic version
would interface with other systems.
RADM Slade-Sawyer offered other updates on FIW activities, as
- The Healthy People Consortium, first convened in 1988, is now
reaching out to and engaging agencies and organizations that are
interested in becoming involved. There are currently 364 member
organizations in the Consortium.
- ODPHP will seek input from states through several mechanisms
over the next year. They will co-sponsor (with the Association for
Prevention Teaching and Research) the Fourth Healthy People State
Coordinators workshop. They will also release a request for
applications for states, territories, and tribal health agencies to
compete for funds to conduct strategic planning activities that
support states’ use of the Healthy People framework and population
health improvement concepts.