Healthy People 2020 Launch Invitation, announcement, drop-in article

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invites you to be part of the launch of Healthy People 2020. The event will take place on December 2, 2010 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm EST. Partners can attend either in person or participate via Web streaming.

The program will include remarks from the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard K. Koh and members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020. There will be an introduction and orientation to the Healthy People 2020 Web site and objectives, followed by a panel discussion about the uses of Healthy People 2020. The launch will be held at the Jack Morton Auditorium of The George Washington University, 805 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052. The event also will be available via Web streaming. You can ask LIVE questions via Webcast and Twitter. The event on December 2, 2010 will mark the beginning of Healthy People 2020, and the official release of the decade’s national health promotion and disease prevention objectives.

In setting the country’s health promotion and disease prevention agenda for the past three decades, Healthy People has articulated overarching goals and tracked movement toward established targets. As we prepare for the next decade, the initiative aims to unify the national dialogue about health, motivate action, and encourage new directions in health promotion, providing a public health roadmap and compass for the country. Your work to implement Healthy People 2020 throughout the decade will be critical to improving the health of the nation. We look forward to your participation. Now the real work begins!

To attend the launch or participate via Web streaming, register by visiting http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020_reg/register.aspx<http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020_reg/register.aspx>

Please email questions to: healthypeople2020@air.org.

Follow Healthy People on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/gohealthy <http://www.twitter.com/gohealthy> people

Be part of making Healthy People come alive for Americans.

Anne H. Avery

CMS, Office of External Affairs & Beneficiary Services

U. S. Department of Health & Human Services

(410) 786-6557

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