Public Comment: Open November 13 to December 4, 2013
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 2012. 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 and public input.
Public participation helps shape Healthy People 2020, its framework, objectives, and targets. 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 Healthy People 2020 objectives, which helped shape the final set of objectives.
During this round of public comment, we would like your input on proposed new objectives to be added to the following topic areas: (1) HIV, (2) Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being, and (3) Social Determinants of Health. 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 all the objective selection criteria provided in the PDF below. Please review these criteria prior to reviewing and commenting on objectives.
Objective Selection Criteria [PDF - 155KB]
All comments received during the public comment period will be carefully reviewed by the topic area workgroups, 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 www.HealthyPeople.gov.
If you would like to participate in this public comment period, please register or log in below to add comments. NOTE: You will be able to review comments without registering. The public comment period will be open from November 13, 2013 through 5:00 p.m. ET December 4, 2013.
Because HealthyPeople.gov 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 other relevant topic areas. In the coming months, icons will indicate what change has occurred and a footnote will provide justification for the change. If an objective has been changed since launch, such changes will also be explained in the “Tech Specs” for the respective objective in a section titled “Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch.”
For questions regarding public comment, please email HP2020@hhs.gov.