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Tools for Public Health Professionals

Healthy People Tools and Resources for Program Planning
These tools and resources from Healthy People walk you through the MAP-IT program planning framework. Whether you are a seasoned public health professional or new to the field, the MAP-IT framework will help you create your own path to a healthy community and a healthier Nation. Download a printer-friendly version of the Healthy People 2020 Program Planning Tools [PDF - 551 KB].

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APHA’s Guidance Document to the Navigation and Use of the Healthy People 2020 Website [PDF - 196 KB]

The Health Communication Working Group of the APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion section developed this resource to assist public health professionals become better acquainted with Healthy People 2020.

The Health Communicator’s Social Media Toolkit [PDF – 2.42 MB]

Learn from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) how to maximize the use of social media to better disseminate health and safety information, and empower consumers to make safer and healthier decisions.

Find the Healthy People Coordinator in Your State
The State Healthy People Coordinators make Healthy People happen every single day across the United States. For information or to get involved with Healthy People efforts in your State or Territory, contact your Healthy People State Coordinator.

HHS Prevention Strategies
Find out how Healthy People is supporting prevention efforts across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a healthier Nation.

National Health Observance Toolkits features 1 health observance each month in its National Health Observances Toolkit. The toolkit is full of information and ideas to engage the public in health promotion activities. Examples include World AIDS Day or the Great American Smokeout.

Health Literacy Online: A Guide to Writing and Designing Easy-To-Use Health Web Sites
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has written a research-based how-to guide for creating health Web sites and Web content for the millions of Americans with limited literacy skills and limited experience using the Web.

Get the Quick Guide to Healthy Living for your Web site.
Add content from the award-winning Quick Guide to Healthy Living to your Web Site. The Quick Guide is a plain language resource with information on more than 70 prevention and wellness topics. Content Syndication is a free service of the National Health Information Center. Content is simple to add or delete; you choose which topics you want to display. The content does not require maintenance and can be customized to match your Web site's look and feel.

Be Active Your Way Blog
Join other health professionals committed to implementing the recommendations in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Monthly Spotlight e-Newsletter
This e-newsletter delivers up-to-date prevention and wellness information, quick tips for healthy living, online tools and resources, and more.

Find Published Literature Related to Healthy People 2020 Objectives External Web Site Policy
This site searches PubMed for published literature related to specific Healthy People 2020 topic areas and objectives.