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In January 2000, the Department of Health and Human Services launched Healthy People 2010, a comprehensive, nationwide health promotion and disease prevention agenda. Healthy People 2010 contains 467 objectives designed to serve as a road map for improving the health of all people in the United States during the first decade of the 21st century.

Healthy People 2010 builds on similar initiatives pursued over the past two decades. Two overarching goals--increase quality and years of healthy life, and eliminate health disparities --served as a guide for developing objectives that will actually measure progress. The objectives are organized in 28 focus areas, each representing an important public health area. Each objective has a target for improvements to be achieved by the year 2010. A limited set of the objectives, known as the Leading Health Indicators, are intended to help everyone more easily understand the importance of health promotion and disease prevention and to encourage wide participation in improving health in the next decade. These Indicators were chosen based on their ability to motivate action, the availability of data to measure their progress, and their relevance as broad public health issues.

Healthy People 2010 for the Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Health's State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) is answering the challenge of the Healthy People 2010 Initiative. The plan emphasizes three principle focus areas:

1) PREVENTION - the prevention of death, disease, and disability by addressing the root, or underlying causes of these conditions;

2) PEOPLE - engaging in meaningful ways with organized community health improvement partnerships to give communities greater voice in identifying and addressing local health priorities and solutions; and

3) DATA/INFORMATION - improving community access to relevant health related data and information necessary for assessing the status of local health and developing local health improvement priorities.


Also, the Department has recently created a new office the Office of Health Equity (OHE) within the Bureau of Health Planning that will take a systematic approach to eliminate health disparities.


Healthy People 2010 Objectives At A Glance

Healthy People 2010 consists of 467 target objectives organized into 28 broad "focus areas", as follows:

  • Access
  • Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Chronic Back
  • Conditions
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Disability and Secondary Conditions
  • Environmental Health
  • Educational and Community-Based Programs
  • Family Planning
  • Food Safety
  • Health Communication
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Immunization and Infectious Diseases
  • Injury/Violence Prevention
  • Maternal, Infant, Child Health
  • Medical Product Safety
  • Mental Health and Mental Disorders
  • Nutrition and Overweight
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Oral Health
  • Physical Activity and Fitness
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Public Health Infrastructure
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Substance Abuse (including alcohol)
  • Tobacco Use
  • Vision and Hearing


SHIP 2006-2010 is the newest phase of the Commonwealth's Healthy People 2010 implementation plan. Specifically, SHIP incorporates Healthy People 2010 overarching goals, and focuses on the Surgeon General's Leading Health Indicators.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health's Health Statistics and Research has compiled state and county-level statistics to assist in tracking state and local progress in meeting some of these (SHIP) objectives. To view the latest available statistics as well as trend data click here.