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Minutes: Eleventh Meeting: April 20, 2009


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

Phase II–Recommendations for Implementation of the Healthy People 2020 Objectives
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Eleventh Meeting: April 20, 2009

Committee Recommendations (Approved by Vote)

  • Approve the topic area, “Access to health promotion and disease prevention programming.” (7 in favor, 1 opposed, 5 absent)
  • Approve the addition of “Dying” as a life stage topic area. (None opposed).
  • Approve revision of the topic area, “substance abuse” to “substance abuse and dependence.” (Unanimous approval.COMMITTEE DECISIONS (BY CONSENSUS)

Committee Decisions (By Consensus)

  • The topic area “overweight” should be revised to read, “energy balance and overweight.”

Next Steps

  • The Committee raised the issue of whether topic areas should simply be listed, rather than organizing them within broad categories that parallel components of the Healthy People 2020 Action Model.
  • Target-setting methods will be the primary focus of the Committee’s May 15th meeting.
  • Dr. Remington and the Targets Subcommittee will explore the potential for using intermediate targets.
  • The Implementation Subcommittee will present at the July FACA meeting.
  • The date and time for a potential in-person meeting of the full Committee during the first week of September 2009 will be explored.

I. Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Chair of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee, explained that the agenda was designed to permit adequate time for discussion of two key issues: target-setting methodologies and topic area selection. He provided a brief overview of issues to be addressed. He said that Patrick Remington would present an overview of his subcommittee’s work on topic areas, and then the Committee would seek to take a vote on recommendations in this area. Members would also provide guidance to the Subcommittee on Target-setting for finalizing its recommendations.

RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), welcomed the Committee members and members of the public. She said the proposed Healthy People 2020 framework (including the vision, mission, and overarching goals) had been submitted to the Acting Secretary. Once the incoming Secretary is appointed, it is anticipated that the framework would receive final approval. ODPHP would notify the Committee and post the framework online. RADM Slade-Sawyer shared HHS plans for gathering public input on the development of Healthy People 2020 through a variety of means, including the Internet and public meetings. Public comments on existing Healthy People 2010 objectives would be accepted online until April 24, 2009.