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Dr. Troutman Appointed to National HHS Committee to Set Health Goals

Thursday January 31, 2008

United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Michael Leavitt has appointed Dr. Adewale Troutman, Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020. Dr. Troutman is one of only 13 Committee members recruited by HHS.

The Committee provides advice and assistance in the development of objectives to improve the health of Americans by 2020. It helps to set national health goals that will be published in the upcoming report Healthy People 2020.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leverages scientific insights and lessons learned from the past decade, along with new knowledge of current data, trends, and innovations.

Healthy People 2020 will reflect assessments of major risks to health and wellness, changing public health priorities, and emerging technologies related to our nation's health preparedness and prevention. Drawing on the expertise of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020, Healthy People 2020 will provide a framework to address risk factors and determinants of health and the diseases and disorders that are affecting communities across America. 

Healthy People 2020 will be released in two phases. The framework (the vision, mission, goals, focus areas, and criteria for selecting and prioritizing objectives) will be released in late 2008 - early 2009. A year later, in January 2010, the Healthy People 2020 objectives will be released along with guidance for achieving the new 10-year targets.