Annie Collum, BSN, RN is the RIA Senior Manager, Physician Liaison in Denver, Colorado
The ‘Healthy People 2030’ Report
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (hhs.gov) put out its most recent set of objectives. The ‘Healthy People 2030’ report, “sets data-driven national objectives to improve health and well-being over the next decade.”
Under Preventive Care the goal outlined is to help people get recommended preventive health care services.
Getting preventive care reduces the risk for diseases, disabilities, and death — yet millions of people in the United States don’t get recommended preventive health care services. Healthy People 2030 focuses on increasing preventive care for people of all ages.
Children need regular well-child and dental visits to track their development and find health problems early, when they’re usually easier to treat. Services like screenings, dental check-ups, and vaccinations are key to keeping people of all ages healthy. But for a variety of reasons, many people don’t get the preventive care they need. Barriers include cost, not having a primary care provider, living too far from providers, and lack of awareness about recommended preventive services.
Teaching people about the importance of preventive care is key to making sure more people get recommended services. Law and policy changes can also help more people access these critical services.
Some of the Preventive Care Objectives include:
Increase the proportion of adults who get screened for lung cancer
Increase the proportion of females who get screened for breast cancer
Increase the proportion of adults who get screened for colorectal cancer
Increase the proportion of females who get screened for cervical cancer
Increase the proportion of older adults who get screened for osteoporosis
For the full objectives list you can go to their page: https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/browse-objectives/preventive-care