NORC is supporting the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) in its development and implementation of Healthy People 2020. For three decades, Healthy People has established 10-year objectives that provide benchmarks to track and monitor progress in improving health. Healthy People motivates, guides, and focuses action in public health at the federal, state, and local levels. NORC has been a critical player in the multi-year effort to prepare the fourth decade’s set of objectives for Healthy People 2020 by engaging stakeholders throughout the nation and across multiple federal agencies.
Key elements of NORC’s role have included staffing the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020—the first fully public advisory committee to be involved in the Healthy People development process. We provide research and presentations for members as well as summaries of the committee’s meetings. We have also supported the work of the Federal Interagency Workgroup, a collaborative that includes representation from agencies throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal departments including the departments of Education, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development. An important aspect of NORC’s work for these advisory bodies has been documenting the wealth of lessons learned over the decades from the initiative through reports that reflect on past successes and failures, and highlight opportunities for innovation and leadership.
Additionally, NORC has supported processes of civic engagement and public education for the initiative. Over the past four years, we have facilitated and provided staff support for nine regional meetings that were held throughout the U.S., in addition to designing a website that is used to gather written public comments on key concepts in Healthy People 2020. Each comment is reviewed and synthesized into reports, used to guide the development of Healthy People 2020’s framework and objectives.
Healthy People 2020 was launched in December 2010. Since that time, NORC has continued to support HHS in its development of Leading Health Indicators and implementation strategies. In April 2012, NORC will participate in a summit to highlight evidence- based interventions that engage users of the initiative and move the nation toward better health.