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LEADING HEALTH INDICATORS FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020

LETTER REPORT

Committee on Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020

Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

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COMMITTEE ON LEADING HEALTH INDICATORS FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020

David Nerenz, Ph.D. (Chair), Director,

Center for Health Services Research, Henry Ford Health SystemDetroit, MI

Frank Chaloupka, Ph.D., Professor of Economics,

Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael Cohen, M.D., Professor and University Chairman Emeritus,

Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Robert Dittus, M.D., M.P.H., Werthan Professor of Medicine, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Health, Associate Dean for Population Studies, Director,

Institute for Medicine and Public Health,

Chief,

Division of General Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Cara James, Ph.D., Director of the Disparities Policy Project, Director of the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program,

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC

Norma Kanarek, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Executive Director of the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute,

Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Vickie Mays, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Professor of Psychology and Health Services,

University of California, Los Angeles

Marcia Nielsen, Ph.D., M.P.H., Vice Chancellor for Public Policy and Planning, Associate Professor,

Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City

F. Javier Nieto, M.D., Ph.D., Chair,

Department of Population Health Sciences,

Professor of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine,

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison

Roy Gibson Parrish, M.D., Adjunct Associate Professor,

Dartmouth Medical School, Peacham, VT

Steven Teutsch, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Science Officer,

Los Angeles County Public Health, Los Angeles, CA

Scott Young, M.D., Associate Executive Director,

Clinical Care and Innovation,

Senior Medical Director and Co-Executive, Director,

Care Management Institute, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

Project Staff

Lyla M. Hernandez, M.P.H., Study Director

Andrew Lemerise, Research Associate

China Dickerson, Senior Program Assistant

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Reviewers

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

Bobbie Berkowitz, Ph.D., RN, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Columbia University, New York, NY

Christine K. Cassel, M.D., President and CEO, American Board of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Lisa Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD

Claude Earl Fox, M.D., M.P.H., Research Professor, University of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dennis Fryback, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison

Larry A. Green, M.D., Epperson-Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine, University of Colorado at Denver, Aurora, CO

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Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., M.P.H., President, AcademyHealth, Washington, DC

Alan Zaslavsky, Ph.D., M.S., Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Georges Benjamin, M.D., Executive Director, American Public Health Association and James S. House, Ph.D., Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor of Survey Research, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Appointed by the National Research Council, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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Acknowledgments

Over the course of this study, many individuals and organizations were willing to share their expertise, time, and thoughts with the committee. Their contributions informed committee deliberations and enhanced the quality of this report.

The study sponsor, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), willingly provided information and responded to questions. The committee is particularly grateful to Dr. Jeanette Guyton-Krishnan of HHS for her feedback during committee deliberations. The committee greatly appreciates the time and input of speakers Dr. Howard Koh, Dr. Carter Blakey, and Rear Admiral Penny Slade-Sawyer, whose presentations informed committee thinking.

The committee was extremely fortunate in its staffing for this study. We wish to thank Lyla M. Hernandez, who did a remarkable job of directing the study. Thanks also go to China Dickerson for her superior administrative support and to Andrew Lemerise for his excellent research support.

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Tables and Figures

TABLES

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Topics, Indicators, and Objectives,

 

6

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Criteria for Selecting Objectives,

 

12

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The Framework Approach to Identifying Topics, Indicators, and Objectives,

 

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Pollutants and Associated Health Conditions,

 

28

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Prevalence of and Mortality Due to Hypertension by Race/Ethnicity and Gender,

 

33

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Adults 18 Years and Older Experiencing at Least One MDE in the Past Year by Age, Gender, Marital Status, and Self-Reported Health,

 

35

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Past Year Initiation of Tobacco Use Among Persons Aged 12 or Older Who Initiated Use Prior to the Age of 18, by Gender: Numbers in the Thousands,

 

43

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Health-Related Quality-of-Life (HRQol) Indices,

 

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FIGURES

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Framework for objectives for leading health indicators,

 

10

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Populated framework for objectives for leading health indicators,

 

15

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Interrelated pathways through which education affects health,

 

24

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Current, binge, and heavy alcohol use among persons 12 or older by age, 2009,

 

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For the past three decades, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a national agenda aimed at improving the health of all Americans over each 10-year span. Under each of these Healthy People initiatives, HHS established health targets and monitored how well people were reaching them over time.

In response to a request from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) established the Committee on Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 to develop and recommend 12 indicators and 24 objectives for consideration by HHS for guiding a national health agenda and for consideration for inclusion in Healthy People 2020. The work of the committee built upon the 1999 IOM report, Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2010, and on the work of the Committee on the State of the USA Health Indicators. Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 lays out the proposed agenda for the current decade, which will end in 2020.

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