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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Launches Healthy People 2030

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On Aug. 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched Healthy People 2030, the fifth iteration of the decennial initiative. Since its inception in 1979, this initiative sets data-driven national objectives to improve health across a variety of conditions. The focus for the next 10 years is on addressing the social determinants of health and health disparities to achieve health equity.

Oral health is featured prominently in the goals for the next decade.

Improving the oral health of all Americans by increasing access to oral health care and preventive services is part of the 355 core measurable objectives. Healthy People 2030 specifically focuses on improving oral health across the United States through 14 objectives related to oral conditions. Some of these oral health objectives include reducing the proportion of children, adolescents and adults with untreated tooth decay; increasing the proportion of people with dental insurance; and increasing the proportion of early stage oropharyngeal cancers. Healthy People 2030 was also designed with the intent to inform public policy. Two notable oral health policy objectives are increasing the proportion of people with access to fluoridated water systems and building capacity among state and local health departments’ oral and craniofacial health surveillance systems. Healthy People 2030 encourages public and private sectors to utilize evidence-based resources to tackle these objectives and ensuring targeted goals are met (Figure 1).

As dental safety net providers, academic dental institutions contribute to the delivery of oral health care services to communities that are economically disadvantaged, uninsured, and underinsured, often residing in dental health professional shortage areas. As Healthy People 2030 progresses, ADEA is committed to elevating the role of academic dentistry in achieving equitable dental care now and for future years to come 

Figure 1:

Healthy People 2030 Figure 1

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthy People 2030. At: health.gov/our-work/healthy-people-2030/promoting-healthy-people-2030#howtousegraphic. (Accessed: Aug 19, 2020)

Published on September 9, 2020

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