DR. HOWARD KOH: Our good health is a gift.
In the world all people reach their full potential for health and their highest attainable standard
of health and really enjoy that gift. But unfortunately right now there are too many
threats to our health, and people aren’t reaching their full potential. So healthy people remind
us about the importance of prevention, reminds us about the importance of the gift of health
and it gives us new directions to reach for the future.
JAN MCINTIRE: Projects like healthy people provide a compass, Healthy People gives us
an opportunity to say, are we aligned? Are our objectives aligned with national objectives
because we should all be trying to do that. DR. HOWARD KOH: We have some four overarching
goals that inspire and motivate all of us. First to improve quantity and quality of life.
Second, to eliminate health disparities and achieve true health equity. Third, to protect
health throughout all stages of life. And fourth is to make our environments healthier
so we have a true social determinants approach to health.
DR. MARK HORTON: The thing that’s I think particularly exciting about the new framework
for Healthy People 2020 is the additional emphasis on health disparities and equities
as well as focusing on further upstream preventive measures that can be captured by focusing
on social determinants of health. DR. SHIRIKI KUMANYIKA: We’re defining health
from a public health perspective as including things that you don’t usually think of as
health. Things that, the conditions that create health.
DR. ANNE BONGIORNO: I think with Healthy People 2020, and our mid-year report, that if we
take these to heart and we look at evidence-based intervention, and really connect the intervention
with the benchmark from the Healthy People program, and evaluate it carefully for efficacy,
that we’re really going to make some strong inroads.
SUSAN WOZENSKI: So we’re really trying to get our practitioners to step back a little
bit and look sort of in the classic upstream way of thinking as to what we can do to make
our population a little bit healthier. KYNDRA JACKSON: We’re going to need social
workers. We’re going need our primary care physicians. We’re going to need a whole team
to collaborate together, to improve health outcomes.
DR. LOUISE LEX: It needs to be an effort on the part of the community, the entire community,
the business community, the community of educators, it needs to be a collective effort.
DR. HOWARD KOH: With this new version of healthy people 2020, we literally want a 2020 vision
of health to be shared by everybody in this country. And we want the data and the goals
and the targets to be motivating force for every community, and every person in every