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Public Comment

Open October 15 through November 13

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in fall 2014. Healthy People 2020 will continue to provide opportunities for public input periodically throughout the decade to ensure that Healthy People 2020 reflects current public health priorities.

Public participation helps shape the framework, objectives, and targets of Healthy People 2020. During the first phase of planning for Healthy People 2020, we asked for your comments on the vision, mission, and implementation. Those comments helped set the framework for Healthy People 2020. The public was also invited to submit comments on proposed objectives, which helped determine the final set of Healthy People 2020 objectives.

During this round of public comment, we would like your input on proposed new objectives to be added to the following topic areas:

These proposed objectives were developed by topic area workgroups, which are led by various agencies within the federal government. They have been reviewed by the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Healthy People 2020 and are presented now for your review and comment.

You are also invited to suggest additional objectives for consideration that address critical public health issues within the existing 42 topic areas of Healthy People 2020. All proposed new objectives must meet the objective selection criteria provided in the PDF below. Please review these criteria prior to reviewing and commenting on objectives.

All comments received during the public comment period will be carefully reviewed by the topic area workgroups, the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Healthy People 2020, and other Healthy People 2020 stakeholders. The updated set of Healthy People 2020 objectives will be incorporated on

The public comment period will be open from October 15, 2015 through 5:00 p.m. ET on November 13, 2015.

Because allows for dynamic changes to objectives throughout the decade, Healthy People 2020 is working to capture objective changes since the launch of Healthy People 2020. Potential objective changes include revising, archiving, or moving an objective into another relevant topic area. If an objective has been changed since launch, an icon next to that objective now indicates what change has occurred, and the Data Details provide a justification for the change.

For questions regarding public comment, please email