Check out the newly released DC Healthy People 2020 Annual Report and Action Plan 2017-2019 and online Data Dashboard that update Leading Health Indicators and detail priority actions happening across the District to achieve shared population health goals and improve health equity via the DC Healthy People 2020 Framework.
DC Healthy People 2020 (DC HP2020) strives to identify local health improvement priorities, provide relevant and measurable objectives and goals, and engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge. DC HP2020 forms an integral part of the Community Health Improvement Process, using the Community Health Needs Assessment to set health goals and priorities and, along with stakeholders, determine community health objectives and targets.
DC HP2020 Development Process
- Bring traditional and non-traditional stakeholders to the table to facilitate coordination and improve population health using social determinants of health and a health equity framework.
- Improve coordination of planning, community engagement, and health programs/services provided in DC.
- Identify policies that support health outcomes.
Six working groups, with representation from over 30 stakeholder organizations and DC Health, were formed in 2015 to finalize objectives, set targets, evaluate appropriate strategies, and create a shared community agenda (DC Healthy People 2020 Framework). Community input was incorporated into the framework. Since the release of the framework, a smaller Advisory Committee was formed (December 2017) to continue to support monitoring and implementation, identify emerging issues, and support data infrastructure improvements. Community engagement is a key tenet of this process and is solicited on an ongoing basis as well as through community surveys, strategic events, and forums.