The Institute of Medicine identified 12 broad indicators as “immediate, major health concerns that should be monitored” during the implementation of Healthy People 2020, HHS' master plan for improving the health of Americans over the next decade.
IOM identifies 'major health concerns'
The IOM, acting at the request of HHS, also identified 24 objectives that warrant priority attention within the plan's 12 indicators in a report to Howard Koh, HHS assistant secretary for health.
The 12 indicators from the IOM are measures of: access to care; chronic disease; healthy behaviors; healthy births; injury; mental health; physical environments; quality of healthcare services; responsible sexual behavior; social environments; substance abuse; and tobacco use.
The report updates and expands on the 10 health indicators that served as priorities for Healthy People 2010. The new indicators reflect the consensus of a committee made up of population health experts, epidemiologists, health statisticians and others, according to a news release from the IOM.
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