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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About Healthy People 2020

Getting Involved with Healthy People 2020

Citing Healthy People 2020

Healthy People 2010

About Healthy People 2020

Who manages Healthy People 2020?

Healthy People is managed by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The development of Healthy People is a collaborative effort that involves support and guidance from:

How is Healthy People 2020 funded?

ODPHP manages the Healthy People initiative, which includes agencies from HHS and other Federal departments. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) serves as the Healthy People data support team and provides funding for the major national data sources used to track many Healthy People objectives.

How are objective targets selected?

Targets for the objectives were set using science-based methods, for example:

  • Modeling
  • Projecting trends
  • Knowledge of scientific findings and current interventions

Sometimes, there isn’t adequate data, knowledge, or expertise available. In these cases, Healthy People 2020 targets are set using a 10% improvement rate—a rate considered challenging but achievable. That means we can expect about half of the Healthy People 2020 targets to reach a 10% improvement rate by the end of the decade.

Occasionally, other alternative target-setting methods are used as appropriate—for example, retention of Healthy People 2010 targets or consistency with national programs, regulations, policies, and laws. 

Getting Involved with Healthy People 2020

How can I get involved with Healthy People 2020?

There are lots of ways you can get involved with Healthy People 2020!

  • For information about how to become involved with Healthy People efforts in your area, contact your Healthy People state or territorial coordinator.
  • Encourage your organization to join the Healthy People Consortium.
  • Stay connected with Healthy People via email updates and social media. 

Who can I contact about having a Healthy People 2020 staff person speak at my event?

To find out if someone from HHS is available to speak at your Healthy People event, contact the team by email at Please be sure to include the following information in your email:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The date, time, and location of your planned event
  • The purpose and theme of your event
  • A list of organizations and individuals sponsoring your event

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Citing Healthy People 2020

How do I cite Healthy People 2020?

The suggested citation for Healthy People is:

Healthy People 2020 [Internet]. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion [cited [Date URL was accessed]]. Available from: [Specific URL]. 

How do I get permission to quote, print, or use content from Healthy People 2020?

You can link to and reprint the text on without permission as long as you cite Healthy People 2020. Please note, however, that you may not use our photos or any of the official logos that appear on 

Our content syndication tool is a free and easy way for you to add Healthy People tools, topic area information, objectives, and data to your website. 

We appreciate you taking the time to properly cite Healthy People 2020!

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Healthy People 2010

Where can I find information and objectives on Healthy People 2010?

Whenever possible, objectives in Healthy People 2020 include a link to DATA2010, where you can find corresponding objectives from Healthy People 2010. To view this link, click on the View Details button next to a specific objective. If available, the link will be listed under More Information.

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You can also access the Healthy People 2010 archived website.

How do I find out if the Healthy People 2010 objectives were met?

The Healthy People 2010 Final Review includes a detailed assessment of progress toward achieving the Healthy People 2010 objectives and goals over the course of the decade. Check out the Final Review

Still have questions? Reach out—we’d love to hear from you!

  • For general questions about Healthy People, contact the team by email at
  • For technical questions about Healthy People data, contact the data team at NCHS by email at

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