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2020 LHI Topics

Are You Leading the Leading Health Indicators?

The Leading Health Indicators are composed of 26 indicators organized under 12 topics. The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators are:

Access to Health Services

Clinical Preventive Services

Environmental Quality

Injury and Violence

Maternal, Infant, and Child Health

Mental Health

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Oral Health

Reproductive and Sexual Health

Social Determinants

Substance Abuse


Each of the 26 indicators listed under the 12 topics above will be tracked, measured, and reported on regularly throughout the decade.i

Learn more about the Leading Health Indicators development and framework.

Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators app: View the winning submissions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) challenged teams of developers and health professionals to co-design an application that would be used to help solve one or more of our Nation’s high-priority health problems.


iPreparedness measures were not selected as Leading Health Indicators because of the newness of the topic to Healthy People 2020 and the lack of historical data. However, because of their importance to the health and safety of the Nation, HHS will continue to closely monitor the Healthy People 2020 Preparedness measures and, if necessary, elevate them to an LHI.

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