The federal government developed Healthy People as a set of national
health objectives that are periodically evaluated to measure progress in
the nation’s health goals and healthcare services. HP 2020 has a
renewed focus on identifying, measuring, tracking, and reducing health
disparities through a determinants-of-health approach.
week, please briefly discuss a Healthy People 2020 objective under the
topic area of your choice. Go to www.healthypeople.gov and select any
one of the objectives under the topic area of your interest. Using the
local, national, or international news, describe actions you, as a
community health nurse, could take in formulating policy changes to help
promote the objective you have selected. Cite references to support
Healthy People 2020 identified four Foundation Health Measures (FHM)
that reflect the major health concerns in the United States. The third
FHM is Determinants of Health. The description of Determinants of Health is:
range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that
influence health status are known as determinants of health.
Determinants of health include such things as biology, genetics,
individual behavior, access to health services, and the environment in
which people are born, live, learn, play, work, and age" (U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, n.d., About Determinants of
Health section, para. 1).
Go to the "Learn More About Determinants of Health" ( http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/about/DOHAbout.aspx )
and choose one of the five Determinants of Health that you feel is most
important for community health. In your posting, share the determinant
of health and the ratio