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Minutes: Seventeenth Meeting: April 1, 2010

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

Phase II: Update on Phase II Contributions of the
Committee & Focus of Activities in Months to Come
Via WebEx

Seventeenth Meeting: April 1, 2010
 

Committee Recommendations (Approved by Vote)

  1. The Committee voted unanimously to approve the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Group on Social and Physical Environmental Determinants of Health, pending the inclusion of the revisions discussed and approved.
  2. The Committee voted unanimously to approve the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Group on Social and Physical Environmental Determinants of Health, pending the inclusion of the revisions discussed and approved.
  3. The Committee voted unanimously to approve the recommendations of Subcommittee on Strategic Communications, pending the inclusion of the revisions discussed and approved.

Committee Decisions (By Consensus)

  • No decisions were made by consensus.

Next Steps

  • All revisions to the Committee recommendations that were proposed during the meeting discussion will be incorporated into the documents.
  • The revised versions of these documents will be sent to Jonathan Fielding and Shirki Kumanyica for review and final approval. All approved recommendations will then be sent to the Secretary.
  • The Committee members will determine whether a Web-based meeting will be needed in advance of their next in-person meeting.
  • NORC will schedule the next meeting of the full Committee.

I. Welcome and Introduction

Dr. Jonathan Fielding welcomed members of the public to the meeting and provided a brief overview of issues to be discussed. Key issues to be discussed included the connection between Healthy People and health care reform, a review of the Committee’s progress during the second phase of its efforts, and discussion and voting on recent activities of the subcommittees. In addition, participants would hear updates on HHS’ progress in developing Healthy People 2020, findings of the Healthy People 2010 Users Study, and the future role of the Committee in supporting the launch of Healthy People 2020.

Healthy People’s Connection to Health Reform

Dr. Fielding provided an overview of several relevant provisions of Senate bill HR3590, the health reform bill that was signed into law in March. He noted that a National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council will be created. Chaired by the Surgeon General, it will be composed of the Secretaries of various Federal departments, including Agriculture, Labor, Health and Human Services, Transportation, and others. The Council will be advised by the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, whose members will be appointed by the President. These groups will be working on a National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy to improve the health of U.S. population. The first progress report on the strategy is due July 1, 2010 and annually thereafter.

The Council’s report will include a list of national priorities on health promotion and disease prevention. Issues to be addressed include: lifestyle behavior modification; strategies to achieve Healthy People goals for nutrition, exercise and smoking cessation; and interventions to address the five leading-disease causes of death in the U.S.

Dr. Fielding also offered information on several other new HHS initiatives for disease prevention and health promotion. The Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiatives are funded by ARRA and emphasize strategies to address obesity, smoking, and chronic disease. The Community Health Data Initiative is a collaborative of governmental and non-governmental partners that establishes a network of suppliers and demanders of community health data, indicators, and interventions, in order to help Americans better understand health and health care system performance in their communities. Healthy People will be one of several indicator reports available through this data hub.