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II. HHS Updates

Ms. Carter Blakey, Acting Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), informed participants that as of April 1, 2011, RADM Director Penelope Slade-Sawyer is no longer with ODPHP and has accepted a position as Senior Advisor in the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

Ms. Blakey provided an update on the Healthy People 2010 Final Review, explaining that it is underway and the results will inform the implementation of Healthy People 2020. Data are being analyzed by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). A fall release date for the Healthy People 2010 Final Review is anticipated. Ms. Blakey invited Committee Members to recommend potential avenues for promoting the document and encouraging its use among stakeholders.

Ms. Blakey provided a series of updates on progress, including the planned process for assessing IOM recommendations for LHIs and developing a final set of LHIs. The FIW’s Implementation Subgroup has been meeting every 2-3 weeks since the Healthy People 2020 launch to develop recommendations for the FIW. The Subgroup created an inventory of proposals for engaging partners and stakeholders to implement and use Healthy People 2020. Based on that process, the FIW has decided to pursue five, strategically linked implementation strategies between now and the spring 2012 Healthy People summit. The Implementation Subgroup is also continuing the work of linking additional evidence-based interventions to the objectives.

The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) workgroup is now being co-led by Dr. Leandris Liburd, Director of the CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Heath Equity. The workgroup has reviewed and consolidated all of the SDOH public comments and plans to use them as a foundation for the development of a framework and objectives. A gap analysis has been completed, and recommendations for additional measures were put forth. A framework will be developed next, along with draft objectives and potential data sources. Ms. Blakey said that the LGBT workgroup has been exploring the identification of potential data sources for LGBT health information and has formed a data subgroup to look at the NHANES, NSFG, and BRFSS surveys.

ODPHP released a Request for Proposals (RFP) on February 14, 2011, calling for state, territorial, and tribal governments to propose and conduct health improvement planning activities that emphasize multi-sectoral collaboration and utilize Healthy People 2020 concepts. ODPHP anticipates funding 20 proposals at an average level of $35,000. ODPHP is planning to host the Healthy People Summit in Mid-April of 2012. The focus will be on communication among stakeholders about Healthy People 2020 activities and exchanging experiences with Healthy People 2020 implementation and translation. ODPHP is anticipating about 700 participants. HHS will issue a call for papers and will invite selected authors to present.