Healthy People 2020 Essay

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The United States Department of Health and Human Resources developed a campaign called Healthy People 2020, to create awareness about different ways people can improve their health. “Healthy People provides science-based, national goals and objectives with 10-year targets designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve the health of all people in the United States” (CDC, 2015). The overall goal is to improve the health of all people by providing better education, setting achievable goals, and tools. The Healthy 2020 also provides information about health issues and resources to address these issues. Individuals and organizations should take the lead in improving the health and decreasing health disparities …show more content…

More than half of the population is Hispanic of origin. 26.2% of individuals less than 65 years have no health insurance and 15.9% persons in poverty. Our community has a higher rate of individuals with no health insurance less than 65 years when I compared the statistics from our neighbor communities. Although the poverty rate of our community is lower than Maywood Park, I believe this issue needs to be addressed to improve access to health care and increase community-based resources. Out of 1,364 communities in Illinois, Melrose Park is ranked number 19 in Average Family size which is 4.11. I noticed that the number of fast food chains in our community is increasing that could also increase the rate of adult and childhood obesity. “Obesity affects our quality of life and is linked with increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and heart disease” (CCDPH, …show more content…

First, I am hoping that to see more community health services that provide education and screenings in the community by 2017. Second, I am hoping that schools, home, and work sites will provide accessible healthy snacks and meals; and obesity rate will decrease by next year. Furthermore, worksites and the community will provide move programs and encourage residents to participate by summer of 2016. Third, parents will have increased resources and training to help them communicate effectively about sex by the next school year. Also, age-appropriate comprehensive reproductive health education will be provided in school and community-based clinics by next school

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  • Explains that the united states department of health and human resources developed a campaign called healthy people 2020 to create awareness about different ways people can improve their health.
  • Explains that melrose park, illinois, is ranked 19th in average family size, and that the number of fast food chains in the community is increasing that could increase the rate of obesity.
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