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What Can We Expect From Healthy People 2020?

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Over the past four decades, the Department of Health and Human Services has outlined nationwide health goals every ten years. Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H., gives an update on the department’s latest initiative, Healthy People 2020, which was launched in 2010. 

Lewis: Can you summarize Healthy People 2020?

Dr. Koh: It’s critical that we regularly ask: Is our nation becoming healthier? If so, in what specific areas? And if not, where do we need improvement? 

[Update: On this week’s episode, we identified Dr. Howard Koh as the assistant secretary for health in the US Department of Health and Human Services. He moved on from that position shortly after he joined us by phone.]

To learn more about Healthy People 2020, visit: http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/