The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding the Healthy People 2030 objectives. The public comment period will be open from Dec. 3, 2018 through Jan. 17, 2019.

Healthy People focuses on critical health promotion and disease prevention topics. Since its launch in 1979, the initiative has grown substantially — increasing from 226 objectives in 15 topic areas for Healthy People 1990 to more than 1,200 objectives in 42 topic areas for Healthy People 2020.

Because stakeholders have indicated a desire for a more specific and targeted initiative in the next decade, Healthy People 2030 will be a streamlined set of national health objectives guiding the nation in efforts to improve health. While this translates to a smaller set of objectives, Heathy People 2030 will continue to represent critical public health priorities by addressing the leading causes of morbidity and mortality and driving action at the national, state, and local levels.

According to HHS:

Healthy People 2030 will have three types of objectives: Core, Developmental, and Research. You may comment on individual Core objectives and on the set of Developmental and Research objectives for each topic area. Proposed objectives are organized by Healthy People 2020 topic areas—except for objectives related to opioids, which can be found in the new Opioids topic area. The final objectives may be organized differently in Healthy People 2030.

If you would like to submit a comment, you will need to register or log in. You can review the proposed objectives and read others’ comments without registering. You may also email comments on the proposed objectives to