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Healthy People Initiative

  • By: Linda Harris
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS is the lead agency in the federal government for the Healthy People initiative, a comprehensive national agenda that communicates a vision for improving health and achieving health equity by setting measurable objectives and assessing progress throughout each decade.

Launched in 1979, Healthy People is the longest-running disease prevention and health promotion plan in the United States. The guiding principle behind this initiative is to establish a roadmap for improving the health of all Americans. Led by a federal interagency workgroup, Healthy People represents a collaborative approach to health ...

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