Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives
for improving the health of all Americans. For three decades,
Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored
progress over time in order to guide individuals toward making
informed health decisions and to measure the impact of prevention
activities. Healthy People 2020 recently identified 12 Leading Health
Indicators that provide evidence of how well Americans (individuals,
families, service populations, and the Nation) are:
·Attaining high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease
·Achieving health equity; eliminating disparities
·Creating social and physical environments that promote good health
·Promoting quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors
Leading Health Indicators for 2010-2020
↑Access to health services
↑Engagement in healthy behaviors
↓Chronic disease prevalence and mortality
↑Healthy physical environments
↑Healthy social environments
↓Injuries ↑Positive mental health
↑Responsible sexual behavior
↑Receiving quality healthcare services
We agree! Each of these topics has been the focus of the Beginnings Guides content
since 1989 and the Beginnings Life Skills Development Curriculum and training since 2004.
The Life Skills Progression instrument is part of the curriculum and widely accepted as
assesses each of the Leading Health Indicators. How well does your program address the
Leading Health Indicators?
How do you demonstrate your effectiveness?
To learn more download the Institute of Medicine’s Report of the Committee on Leading
Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020.
Don’t miss the Appendix – it details federal funding to address the Indicators. ss