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Home of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health

Health.gov is your portal for health-related resources and news from the U.S. government. Find prevention topics, dietary and physical activity guidelines, and other health resources.

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Healthy People 2030 health.gov

(2 days ago) Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) are a small subset of high-priority objectives selected to drive action toward improving health and well-being. You can use Healthy People 2030 at all stages of your program's life cycle. Check out our new graphic to see how. Overall Health and Well-Being Measures

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Health Policy

(4 days ago) Health policy can have a major impact on health and well-being. Healthy People 2030 focuses on keeping people safe and healthy through laws and policies at the local, state, territorial, and federal level. Evidence-based health policies can help prevent disease and promote health. For example, smoke

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Current Dietary Guidelines health.gov

(9 days ago) HHS and USDA developed resources for health professionals and others who want to help promote this edition of the Dietary Guidelines, including:. Top 10 Things You Need to Know Start Simple with MyPlate [PDF - 3.4 MB] Infographics and graphics; ODPHP plans to update the toolkit for health professionals to align with the current edition late in 2021.

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Health IT

(Just Now) Health information technology (IT) makes it possible for people to access and exchange health information electronically. Healthy People 2030 focuses on helping health care providers and patients access health IT and use it more effectively. People who can access electronic health information can

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Health Care Access and Quality

(1 days ago) Healthy People 2030 focuses on improving health by helping people get timely, high-quality health care services. About 1 in 10 people in the United States don’t have health insurance. 1 People without insurance are less likely to have a primary care provider, and they may not be able to afford the health care services and medications they need.

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Public Health Infrastructure

(9 days ago) Public health infrastructure provides the necessary foundation for all public health services—from vaccinations to chronic disease prevention programs to emergency preparedness efforts. Healthy People 2030 focuses on creating a strong public health infrastructure. The Public Health Infrastructure

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Men

(4 days ago) Men also face unique health problems that don’t affect women, like prostate cancer. To improve men’s health, it’s important to raise awareness about preventive screenings and regular health care for men of all ages. Interventions to reduce smoking and drinking and promote healthy behaviors also can help prevent diseases and improve men

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Accredited Health Department List

(4 days ago) The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is the national nonprofit organization that accredits tribal, state, local, and territorial governmental public health agencies. The goal of this voluntary program is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and transforming the quality and performance of public health departments.

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Women

(6 days ago) Women experience many unique health issues — for example, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. And some health issues that affect both men and women pose unique challenges for women. Healthy People 2030 focuses on addressing these specific needs in order to improve women’s health and safety throughout their lives.

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Nutrition

(4 days ago) Eat Healthy. A healthy diet can help protect you from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Get tips on how to eat healthy on a budget, plan ahead to save time, and eat healthy away from home.

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MyHealthfinder health.gov

(3 days ago) Visit MyHealthfinder to get personalized recommendations for screenings and vaccines — or explore a variety of health topics. Enter your information or browse the health topics to …

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Hospital and Emergency Services

(2 days ago) Every year in the United States, there are about 36 million hospital stays. 1 Healthy People 2030 focuses on reducing preventable hospital visits and improving hospital care, including follow-up services. In the emergency department, timely care is critical for improving health outcomes. People

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Health Care

(2 days ago) High-quality health care helps prevent diseases and improve quality of life. Healthy People 2030 focuses on improving health care quality and making sure all people get the health care services they need. Helping health care providers communicate more effectively can help improve health and well

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Arthritis

(Just Now) About 1 in 4 adults in the United States have arthritis, a leading cause of disability. 1,2 Healthy People 2030 focuses on reducing pain, disability, and limitations from arthritis — especially as it becomes more common in the aging population. Many adults with arthritis have severe pain. Nearly half of people with arthritis have trouble doing daily activities, 1 and the condition can limit

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Promoting Physical Activity During and After

(3 days ago) Each May, HHS celebrates National Women’s Health Week — a weeklong health observance led by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH). This week serves as a reminder for women and girls to make their health a priority and take care of themselves throughout their lives.

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Health Care-Associated Infections — Evidence-Based

(9 days ago) Check out these evidence-based resources (EBRs) to learn about proven, science-based methods to improve health and prevent disease. Use EBRs to develop programs and policies that are informed by evidence on what's effective, replicable, scalable, and sustainable

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Enhance the use and capabilities of informatics

(2 days ago) This objective currently has research status, meaning it is a high-priority public health issue that doesn’t yet have evidence-based interventions developed to address it. It may or may not have reliable baseline data available. If both baseline data and evidence-based interventions become available, this objective may become a core Healthy People 2030 objective.

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National Profile of Local Health Departments (NACCHO

(7 days ago) The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) fields the National Profile of Local Health Departments (NACCHO Profile). The Profile collects information on local health department (LHD) infrastructure, workforce, finance, governance, activities and services. It represents the largest, most up-to-date, and reliable source of data on LHDs in the United States.

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The Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health

(7 days ago) Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the US Health System. (2006). The future of emergency care in the United States health system. Annals …

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Access to Health Services Workgroup

(2 days ago) Members of the Access to Health Services (AHS) Workgroup have expertise in areas including vulnerable populations, health insurance coverage, health care delivery and workforce, primary care, health care quality, and health services research. They developed the objectives related to these areas, and they’ll provide data to track progress toward achieving these objectives throughout the decade.

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Mental Health and Mental Disorders Workgroup

(4 days ago) Mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability, and the resulting disease burden is among the highest of all diseases. The proportion of U.S. adults estimated to have a mental disorder rose from 17.7 percent in 2008 to 19.1 percent, or 47.6 million people, in 2018. 1 Similarly, the proportion of adults suffering from seriously impairing mental disorders has risen significantly

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Reduce the proportion of adults with disabilities

(Just Now) People with disabilities are more likely to experience serious psychological distress, which can make it harder for them to do major life activities. Interventions like screening for depression, psychotherapy, social support, and community-based physical activity programs are linked to reduced psychological distress in people with disabilities.

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Parents or Caregivers

(2 days ago) Parents and caregivers have a major impact on the health and well-being of children and adolescents, older adults, and people with health conditions or disabilities. Healthy People 2030 focuses on ways parents and caregivers can help keep the people they care for — and themselves — healthy and

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Crime and Violence

(9 days ago) Crime and violence experienced by individuals living in a community is an important public health issue. People can be exposed to violence in many ways. They may be victimized directly, witness violence or property crimes in their community, or hear about crime and violence from other residents. 1

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Reduce the rate of hospital admissions for

(1 days ago) Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection in older adults, and serious cases need treatment in the hospital. When they’re not treated early, UTIs can lead to kidney failure and even death. Teaching older adults about managing bladder problems and drinking enough fluids can help prevent UTIs — and early treatment can keep UTIs from getting serious enough

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Environmental Health Workgroup

(Just Now) Understanding Environmental Health “Pollution disproportionately kills the poor and vulnerable,” Landrigan et al. (2018) write. “Nearly 92 percent of pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, and in countries at every income level, disease caused by pollution is most prevalent among minorities and the marginalised.

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Reduce the proportion of people who can’t

(7 days ago) Delaying medical care can negatively impact health and increase the cost of care. People who can’t get the care they need may have more preventable complications, hospitalizations, emotional stress, and higher costs. Strategies to increase insurance coverage rates and improve health information technology may help reduce delays in care.

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Health Equity: Center-Based Early Childhood Education

(Just Now) The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends center-based early childhood education programs (ECE) to improve educational outcomes that are associated with long-term health and sufficient evidence of effectiveness in improving social- and health-related outcomes. When provided to low-income or racial and ethnic minority communities, ECE programs are likely to reduce educational

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Physical Activity: Individually Adapted Health Behavior

(8 days ago) The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends implementing individually adapted health behavior change programs based on strong evidence of their effectiveness in increasing physical activity and improving physical fitness among adults and children. Individually adapted health behavior change programs to increase physical activity teach behavioral skills to help participants

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Reduce current cigarette smoking in adults

(8 days ago) Cigarette smoking causes cancer and early death, and U.S. adults are more likely to use cigarettes than any other tobacco product. Population-level interventions to reduce tobacco use include price increases, mass media campaigns, and smoke-free policies.

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Surveillance Data for Abortion

(7 days ago) Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requests aggregate data from the central health agencies of 52 reporting areas (the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City) to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions in the United States. In most states, collection of abortion data is facilitated by the legal requirement

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Safety

(1 days ago) This microsite is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health

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About the National Data

(2 days ago) Trend data were evaluated for this objective. Using historical data points, a trend line was fitted using weighted least squares and the trend was projected into the next decade. This method was used because three or more comparable data points were available, the projected value was within the

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High School Graduation

(3 days ago) A high school diploma is a standard requirement for most jobs—and for higher education opportuntites. 1, 2, 3 Dropping out of high school is linked to a variety of negative health impacts, including limited employment prospects, low wages, and poverty. 4, 5 A student’s ability to graduate from high school may be affected by factors related to the individual student as well as by broader

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Increase core clinical prevention and population health

(9 days ago) This objective currently has developmental status, meaning it is a high-priority public health issue that has evidence-based interventions to address it, but doesn’t yet have reliable baseline data. Once baseline data are available, this objective may be considered to …

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Increase the proportion of infants who are

(5 days ago) Breastfeeding is linked to a reduced risk for many illnesses in children and mothers. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life is linked to health benefits for infants. Although breastfeeding initiation rates are high in the United States, most women don’t breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months. Strategies like peer support, education, longer maternity leaves, and

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Increase the proportion of children aged 3 to

(Just Now) Many vision problems start before children enter first grade. Treating these problems early on helps make sure children are ready for school and can prevent serious vision problems later in life. Strategies to screen children aged 3 to 5 years can catch eye diseases early, when they may be easier to treat.

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School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and

(7 days ago) This document provides 9 evidence-based school health guidelines for promoting healthy eating and physical activity for schools serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Increase the proportion of adults with traumatic

(9 days ago) This objective currently has developmental status, meaning it is a high-priority public health issue that has evidence-based interventions to address it, but doesn’t yet have reliable baseline data. Once baseline data are available, this objective may be considered to …

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Physical Activity: Point-of-Decision Prompts

(9 days ago) The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends point-of-decision prompts to increase the percentage of people choosing to take the stairs rather than an elevator or escalator. Point-of-decision prompts are motivational signs placed in or near stairwells or at the base of elevators and escalators to encourage individuals to increase stair use.

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Blood Disorders and Blood Safety Workgroup

(2 days ago) Members of the Blood Disorder and Blood Safety (BDBS) Workgroup have expertise in areas including inherited blood disorders such as hemophilia, sickle cell disease, and von Willebrand disease. They developed the objectives related to blood disorders and blood safety, and will provide data to track progress toward achieving these objectives throughout the decade.

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Quality of Housing

(6 days ago) Quality of Housing is a key issue in the Neighborhood and Built Environment domain. Interventions to improve housing quality, such as restrictions on lead paint and renovations of older homes, have been shown to decrease certain health risks (e.g., through decreased rates of lead poisoning). 12

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Reduce infections of HPV types prevented by

(5 days ago) Every year in the United States, HPV (human papillomavirus) causes many cases of cancer that could be prevented with vaccination. Routine vaccination is recommended at age 11 to 12 years, but many people who need to get the vaccine don’t. Encouraging health care providers to recommend the vaccine is critical for reducing HPV infections.

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Early Childhood Development and Education

(2 days ago) Early life stress and adverse events can have a lasting impact on the mental and physical health of children. 3 Specifically, early life stress can contribute to developmental delays and poor health outcomes in the future. 3, 4, 8, 9 Stressors such as physical abuse, family instability, unsafe neighborhoods, and poverty can cause children to

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Evidence from the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention

(2 days ago) This microsite is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Occupational Safety and Health Workgroup

(Just Now) Members of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Workgroup have expertise in areas including surveillance and occupational illness, injury, and disease. They developed the objectives related to occupational safety and health, and they’ll provide data to track progress toward achieving these objectives throughout the decade.

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Increase the proportion of adults who walk or

(9 days ago) Doing regular physical activity is one of the most important ways that people of all ages can improve their health. Active transportation, like walking and biking, makes it easier for people to fit physical activity into their daily routines. Communities can use built environment strategies, like creating safe walking and biking routes, to increase active transportation.

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Increase knowledge of HIV status

(9 days ago) People are most likely to get HIV from people who don’t know they have it, people who know they have it but aren’t getting treatment, or people getting care for HIV who don’t have it under control. Testing everyone ages 13 to 64 years for HIV at least once in their lifetime — and testing people at high risk for HIV at least once a year — can lead to early diagnosis and treatment.

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