HP2010 represents the third of a series of publications by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that specifies ten-year health objectives for the nation. The initiative, containing 567 objectives in 28 focus areas, is based on a systematic approach to improving health that highlights the central role of the physical and social environment in determining health. The central theme of the HP2010 initiative focuses on the role of communities and community partnerships in promoting healthy living in the U.S.
The overarching goals of HP2010 are to 1) Increase quality and years of healthy life, and 2) Eliminate health disparities. Furthermore, each of the 28 focus areas also contains a concise goal statement. This statement frames the overall purpose of the focus area. HP2010 is the basis for coordinated public health action on the national, state, and local levels and has been used as a teaching tool for the next generation of public health leaders. States have built on the national objectives and adapted them to address their specific needs. Individuals, groups, and organizations across America are encouraged to integrate HP2010 into current programs, special events, publications, and meetings. By selecting from among the national objectives, individuals and organizations can build an agenda for community health improvement and can monitor results over time6.
HP2010 supports the DATA2010 website. DATA2010 is an interactive online database that includes the most recent national and selected state data for tracking the HP2010 objectives. Available information includes sociodemographic data for population-based objectives (i.e., race and ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status) and operational definitions for objectives that have baseline data7.
"HUS-HP Users Assessment 9-29-05 (3).pdf" (pdf, 731.33Kb)