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How to Use DATA2020

DATA2020, the Healthy People 2020 interactive data tool, allows users to explore data and technical information related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives.


Each Healthy People 2020 objective in DATA2020 is described under the Objectives tab in the objective block. The objective block includes a plain language statement of the objective and its baseline status, along with the desired Healthy People 2020 target for that objective. The objective block also documents how the target was set, what data source was used, and where to find more information and available data.

Screenshot of Objectives tab for a Healthy People 2020 objective.

Healthy People 2020 objectives that retain the same definition as the previous Healthy People iteration (Healthy People 2010) are identified by a DATA2010 icon in the objective block. DATA2010 is a separate website—now archived—that users can still navigate to search for Healthy People 2010 objectives and data. Users can also read a crosswalk between objectives from Healthy People 2010 to Healthy People 2020 [PDF – 1 MB].

National Data

DATA2020 allows users to explore the latest national data and trends that are available for Healthy People 2020 objectives. Users can further examine the data that are available for demographic population groups such as race and ethnicity, sex, educational attainment, and income, as well as other groups.

When national data are available for a Healthy People 2020 objective, a DATA2020 icon will be displayed in the objective block. The DATA 2020 icon links users to the DATA2020 search for that objective. 

Data Search

Users can search the available data for Healthy People 2020 objectives by Topic Area and/or data source using the Data Search feature. Users can further refine their search to data that are available for demographic population groups of interest. Users can also choose to display Standard Error and Confidence Intervals where available in search results. 

Screenshot of the DATA2020 search filtering tool.

To access the data search feature, select Search the Data on the left navigation pane.

Visual Display

Users may obtain a visual display of the data for many Healthy People 2020 objectives. Graphs/charts are generated by clicking on the View Chart icon Screenshot of "View Chart" button displayed next to the population of interest. 

Screenshot of Access to Health Services data screen.

National Snapshots

National Snapshots provide a visual display of progress for selected objectives in each Healthy People 2020 topic area using charts or maps. The accompanying narrative highlights some key features of the visual.

To learn more about National Snapshots, see the User’s Guide to National Snapshots that is available at the top right corner of each National Snapshot page.

National Snapshot Objective AHS-5.1


Questions about Healthy People data?

Contact the data team at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) by email at if you have questions about Healthy People data and objectives, such as:

  • Where did the data come from?
  • How was the measure calculated?
  • Where are the technical specifications (Data Details)?
  • What are the target-setting methods?

All other non-data related questions (including those related to citations) should be directed to