Healthy People 2010 (HP2010) and HealthierUS are both concerned with improving the health of Americans through disease control and prevention. Though inspired by different time periods and by different leaders, HP2010 and HealthierUS are complementary in their efforts to involve state, regional, and local organizations to improve the health of the nation. Together, these initiatives are a powerful force in the effort to promote health and prevent disease in the U.S.
Evaluation of both initiatives is important for the success of specific strategies for improving health. A thorough understanding of how each of the initiatives, HP2010 and HealthierUS, are being used is invaluable for three specific reasons: (1) it can identify examples of effective strategies and approaches to the use of HP2010 and HealthierUS, and, where possible, the short-term results of those efforts; (2) it can identify barriers to their use at a point in time when HHS could still take effective action to facilitate or support use, particularly in strategically critical audiences; and (3) it can provide information on how the two initiatives can be used together to achieve their goals.
NORC was contracted by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) to complete an assessment of how HP2010 and HealthierUS are being used among key target audiences. The goal of this assessment was to create a comprehensive picture of how the initiatives contribute to state, local or tribal disease prevention and health promotion planning. The results of this study will allow HHS to document the utilization of HealthierUS and HP2010, and to understand the ways that key user groups believe the programs could be improved to encourage greater involvement. The three user groups targeted for the study’s survey were officials at 1) state health organizations; 2) local health organizations; and 3) tribal health organizations.
"HUS-HP Users Assessment 9-29-05 (3).pdf" (pdf, 731.33Kb)