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Minutes: Tenth Meeting: March 26, 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
Via WebEx

Tenth Meeting: March 26, 2009

Committee Recommendations (Approved by Consensus and Formal Vote)

  • The Committee agreed by consensus to adopt the following definitions:
    • National objectives are specific, measurable, and realistic statements of intended outcomes over a stated period of time (by 2020).
    • A target is the level of progress or performance expected for an objective or subobjective.
    • Target-setting involves the methods used to select the value for a target.
  • Members agreed by consensus that every topic area should have a brief section on health disparities.
  • The Committee voted to approve the revised report of the Subcommittee on System Specifications.

Next Steps

  • Dr. Fielding suggested involving Christopher Hoenig, President and CEO of State of the USA, Inc., in the work of the Subcommittee on Implementation.
  • The Subcommittee on Target-setting was asked to prioritize and group discussion questions about target-setting to optimize the efficiency of their conversations on these issues.
  • The Subcommittee on Topic Areas was charged with making final revisions to the list of topic areas, and then polling Committee members to word-smith topics. The selection criteria could be applied to finalize the list in advance of the Committee’s April 20th meeting.
  • Dr. Fielding and Dr. Kumanyika will send a congratulatory note to HHS Secretary-designate Kathleen Sebelius, emphasizing the importance of a Web-based version of Healthy People 2020.
  • Dr. Fielding and Kumanyika will work with ODPHP to identify a date for an in-person meeting.

I. Introductions and Desired Outcomes of the Meeting

Dr. Fielding welcomed Committee members and members of the public. He outlined key issues to be addressed during the meeting, including: 1) An update on the activities at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW); 2) An update on the activities of State of the USA; 3) discussion of recommendations for target setting; 4) discussion of topic areas for Healthy People 2020; and 5) an update on subcommittee work. Dr. Fielding commented that the Committee had important deadlines to meet, including a decision on topic area categories to be made that month. He suggested that the Committee develop recommendations during the meeting, and send them back to the Committee for final review to enable a vote at the April 20, 2009 meeting. Target setting methodologies would be discussed at the April Committee meeting; criteria for selecting evidence-based resources would be discussed in May; and implementation strategies would be discussed in June and July.

II. Update from the Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW)

RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), welcomed participants and gave an update on HHS activities. RADM Slade-Sawyer explained that the FIW, which is charged with leading the development of Healthy People 2020, had submitted its Phase One Report (a proposed framework) to the HHS Secretary. Their recommendations were substantially unchanged from the ones prepared by this Committee. Based on public input and FIW deliberations, the FIW made slight revisions to the Committee’s work. One change they made was to the first part of the mission statement, which now reads, “Healthy People 2020 strives to…” Other changes included adding the concept of “quality of life” in two different places in the overarching goals; quality of life was an important concept in Healthy People 2010. Once the changes have been approved, they will be posted online.