Healthy People Consortium Meeting
"Implementing Healthy People 2010"
November 11, 2000
Summary of Breakout Group Discussion Concerning:
1. What does implementing Healthy People 2010 mean to you?
2. How do you suggest we work with local community groups in implementing the Healthy People objectives?
3. What are the challenges/barrier to meeting the Healthy People 2010 objectives?
4. What can we do to support the elimination of health disparities among racial and ethnic population groups?
5. How do we measure progress of Healthy People 2010 in the future? And what is progress?
6. How can we work more effectively with the media in implementing the Healthy People 2010 objectives?
7. How could we improve this session?
Summary: In addressing the breakout questions, the family planning session focused on a few key
issues--data collection, partnerships and technical assistance. The discussion was broad, and many of the suggestions reach beyond the implementation of just the Family Planning focus area.
- There is a need to collect State or local level data for racial or ethnic populations that comprise small percentages of the general population. In order to do effective monitoring and planning, population-specific data are needed at the State and local levels. To accomplish this Healthy People 2010 must use local data sets (State/territory) and/or provide support for the development of a data collection infrastructure when it does not currently exist. State and local communities need to see the value in the collection of key data, especially as it relates to health disparities.
- Health disparities should be tracked by socioeconomic status, as well as by race and gender.
- Objectives concerning responsible sexual health should not just focus on females. Healthy People 2010 should support the development of an accurate data set for male services, behaviors,
etc.; for example, condom use is tracked through female reporting only. Attention should be drawn to the fact that in the near future, NCHS/NSFG will be collecting data on
men as well as women.
- Healthy People 2010 must expand the pool of possibilities by facilitating partnerships with a full spectrum of groups: national and
local, public and private, service and research, advocacy and legislative, and community and businesses to cover specific activities. Partnerships must be more than just meetings and should reach to nontraditional partners and include innovative approaches. Partnership examples include community-based and faith-based organizations, insurance companies, schools and
universities, the medical community from hospitals to clinics to private
practice, pharmacies, the justice system at all levels, and Sate and local social services, to list a few.
- Healthy People 2010 presentations must be developed for the promotion and
wide dissemination of specific goals and objectives that must be targeted to specific partner audiences (as previous listed). Each presentation must provide "action steps"--the "how-to guide" for each partner. For example, best-practice models for services to adolescents with companion references and resources for schools, medical services, and community organizations. Develop an implementation tool that highlights case-based scenarios for use by the practicing medical community.
- Develop a compelling set of ready-made slides to promote specific Healthy People focus areas. Disseminate these documents for use by professional organizations. Link with CEU opportunities.
- Partnerships can be expensive. Partners need incentives, a clear definition of why the partnership is being undertaken, and a plan with very concrete steps to be taken.
- Development of Web site links for specific goals and objectives to resources, references, research, consultants and models. Show the evidence of successful programs or best practices. Demonstrate the cost/benefit for partners in the business community.
- Design a Surgeon General "Adopt an Objective" program for community, professional, and private groups. This would be similar to the "Adopt a Highway" model.
- There is a need to provide professional groups with information about specific actions that can be taken in support of Healthy People objectives (e.g., "What do you really want us to do?").
- Assist in the development of steps to "operationalize" the goals and objectives: development of how-to guides.
- Identify potential resources with project descriptions and contact information.
- Tie Department of Health and Human Services/Federal future funding streams to States to the accurate collection and analysis of data sets which reflect all populations served, even those which comprise a small percentage of the general population. Federal funds should be tied to the elimination of health disparities. The Department should explore incentives for States to collect
these data and to target areas with disparities.
- In working with the media, look at new approaches, such as programs developed by youth for youth.
Office of Population Affairs, Office of Public Health and Science, DHHS
The Sexuality and Information Education Information Council of the United States (SIECUS)
National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA)
Men's Health America
American College of Nurse-Midwives
Suzanne C. Theroux
DHHS Region I
S. Jean Emans
Society of Adolescent Medicine
DHHS OPA Region II
DHHS Office of Women's Health, Region II
DHHS Office of Family Planning, Region X
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
DHHS, Region V
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