HHS prescribes plan to improve nation's health

The Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a new, decade-long agenda for improving the nation’s health this morning.

The initiative, “Healthy People 2020,” which marks the fourth decade HHS has outlined a 10-year plan for improving public health, offers four major goals:

  • attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury and premature death;
  • achieve health equity, eliminate disparities and improve the health of all groups;
  • create social and physical environments that promote good health for all; and 
  • promote quality of life, healthy development and healthy behaviors across all life stages.

To accomplish these goals, HHS prescribes a focus on emphasizing health-enhancing social and physical environments, on expanding the nation’s health information technology infrastructure and on better emergency preparedness.

The plan offers 335 pages of wide-ranging objectives, which include goals such as reducing new AIDS cases among adolescents and young adults, reducing nonfatal motor vehicle crash-related injuries and improving hand hygiene education in schools.