It is important to ask whether HHS has the capacity to support Healthy People 2020 around key populations (e.g., Native Americans, LGTB). This data is necessary to improve health determinants over time. A member stated that there would be a need for continuing work on IT issues, beyond systems specifications (e.g., the creation of an interactive online community). The charge should include recommendations on: Key needs and capabilities; the importance of incorporating data from other sectors, and suggesting what tools can be used to mine those for health implications, and how the broad national approach to IT can be integrated with and support achievement of the Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives.
Dr. Kumanyika recommended that all of the subcommittee charges be rephrased as a list of specific questions that are going to be answered. She clarified that this work could be done offline. Dr. Fielding agreed and said that the charges would be rephrased as a series of questions, and would be sent back out to the full Committee for comment. (See Appendix 2 for a list of revised charges based on this meeting’s discussion.) Dr. Fielding added that he would like to get a sense of who will be participating in the subcommittees. He asked Committee members to send their preferences to NORC and/or the subcommittee chairs, along with suggestions for potential external members.
Dr. Kumanyika shared her thoughts on the importance of having overlap among different subcommittees, and understanding the “big picture” of how the various pieces will fit together. She presented a series of slides to show how the subcommittee categories mapped back to the mission statement and the framework. While the subcommittees would work separately, they should also keep in mind an idea of how their work would come together into a single product. She noted that the framework should be used as a template to make sure that key issues aren’t omitted. Dr. Kumanyika volunteered to create an overview of the intended product for the second phase of the Committee's work.
VII. Wrap-up and Next Steps
A member asked about a brief that had been included in the Committee members’ briefing materials, describing the efforts of the State of the USA (SUSA) and its CEO, Christopher Hoenig to develop a Web-based, interactive tool. She felt it was important to avoid duplicating efforts. Carter Blakey, ODPHP, explained that Mr. Hoenig had presented to the Federal Interagency Work Group the previous week to inform them of SUSA’s work and ensure that it is aligned with Healthy People 2020. Dr. Kumanyika added that some discussion should occur around the potential for confusion if multiple indicator sets are used to report on the nation’s health. Some harmonization of reporting systems would be beneficial.
RADM Slade-Sawyer noted that she met with SUSA recently to express the hope that they can come together and mutually support each other with complementary and not competing sets of indicators. She also noted that the Alliance to Make US Healthiest is becoming a non-profit corporation, which offers a potential opportunity to have a group outside of government that would be aligned with Healthy People. The Advisory Committee discussed the possibility of having an in-person meeting in June, but did not reach any final conclusion. Dr. Fielding once again thanked all participants for their and concluded the meeting.