Healthy People 2020, the new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention in the United States, has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A new challenge for technology application developers, myHealthyPeople, was also released.
The Healthy People initiative is based on setting national objectives and monitoring progress to encourage movement toward those targets. After compiling feedback from over 8,000 people, researchers incorporated many new topics in the objectives:
· Adolescent health
· Blood disorders and blood safety
· Dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease
· Early and middle childhood
· Global health
· Health-related quality of life and well-being
· Health care-associated infections
· Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health
· Older adults
· Sleep health
· Social determinants of health
The second part of this initiative includes a special challenge for developers to create applications for professionals working with these new objectives and health data from the state and community levels. The apps should be easy to use and will allow communities to track their progress toward the objectives and targets. From that point, they can create their own plans for improvement in health areas.
For more information, go to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services News Release.