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Founding Dean Paul Halverson Named to Healthy People 2030 Committee

Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services acting assistant secretary for health today announced the appointment of 13 nationally recognized subject matter experts, including Founding Dean Paul Halverson, to serve on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030.

Over the next two years, the Committee will examine current scientific evidence and submit recommendations to the Secretary of HHS with rationales to inform the development and implementation of the nation’s disease prevention and health promotion objectives for Healthy People 2030. Along with public and federal agency comments, these recommendations will be used by HHS to develop the next iteration of the Healthy People initiative.

Since 1979, the Healthy People initiative has set disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the nation. Healthy People establishes specific, science-based, measurable objectives with targets that are used to benchmark and monitor progress over the course of a decade. Healthy People 2030 will be the fifth iteration, charting the course to improve the nation’s health starting in the year 2020 through 2030.

“A key component of Healthy People is its emphasis on eliminating health disparities by addressing social determinants of health,” said Dr. DeSalvo. “Healthy People drives action across sectors to improve the health of our nation’s communities and prevent health disparities due to factors like zip code, economic stability, education, community, and access to health care."

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS will lead the development of Healthy People 2030 and host the Advisory Committee’s public meetings. The first meeting will take place on December 1-2, 2016. For information about the meetings, including how to register to attend, visit www.healthypeople.gov.

Dean Paul Halverson