HHS announced an expanded list of health topics and objectives for the nation's fourth 10-year public health and illness prevention agenda. Healthcare-associated infections were among newly added focus areas for HHS' Healthy People 2020, which establishes performance objectives and uses national data to track progress toward meeting public health goals.
HHS announces new public health agenda
HHS seeks a 75% reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections and invasive healthcare-associated, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections during the next decade.
The expanded list of topics for Healthy People 2020 also includes genomics; dementias; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health; and global health, among others. Public health and illness prevention experts, local government officials, public comments and a consortium of organizations contributed to the development of focus areas and objectives, according to HHS. Healthy People 2020 includes 600 objectives with more than 1,300 performance measures.
A final review of progress over the past decade is expected to be released in the spring. HHS said in a news release that according to a preliminary analysis, the nation reached or moved closer toward slightly less than three-quarters of Healthy People targets in the past decade.
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