Healthy People 2020 Database
Healthy People 2020 tracks approximately 1,200 objectives organized into 42 topic areas, each of which represents an important public health area. At the Healthy People 2020 launch, over 900 objectives were measurable with baseline data and established targets. A few objectives that had achieved high levels of success are being tracked without a target for informational purposes. Targets for these informational objectives will be set during the decade if warranted. The remaining 200+ objectives did not have baseline data and are considered developmental. As data sources are identified and baseline data become available, developmental objectives will be moved to measurable status.
Follow up data are added to the Healthy People 2020 Database on an ongoing basis as data points become available.
As of March 5, 2014, there were 998 measureable objectives and 237 developmental objectives for a total of 1,235 objectives.
For some objectives, complete national data are not available and data for selected States and/or areas are used to monitor the objectives. In these cases, the coverage area is described within the data table for the objective and in the technical specifications. Examples of such data systems include the Health Care Cost and Utilization Project and the Toxic Exposure Surveillance System. If during the decade, national data sources to track these objectives become available, these new sources will replace the subnational sources.
Some national data systems cover the entire United States, but are not designed to provide national estimates, such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. In addition, data may not be available for some variables for all States. This is either because data for a specific variable are not collected by some States or because the quality of data for some States is not sufficient to produce reliable estimates for some variables. The number of reporting States can vary from year to year. This information is also shown in the technical specifications for selected objectives.