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For Immediate Release
July 12, 1999


Data on Health Improvement in This Century Lays Foundation

Washington, D.C. — The Healthy People 2010 initiative, which sets broad national health goals for the first decade of the new century, will be released on January 25, 2000, at the conference, Partnerships for Health in the New Millennium. The conference is a joint meeting of the Healthy People Consortium and the Partnerships for Networked Consumer Health Information.

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher is scheduled to address this joint conference, which will meet January 24-28, 2000, at Washington D.C.’s Omni-Shoreham Hotel. Reflecting bipartisan support for Healthy People over its twenty-year history, former HHS Assistant Secretaries and other leadership who served under Republican and Democratic administrations will be invited to participate in the opening ceremonies.

The conference will focus on four themes: Partnering for Health Improvement; Eliminating Health Disparities; Increasing Quality and Years of Healthy Life; and Harnessing Technology for Health. Proposals for presentation that help bring attention to the accomplishments and successes of national, state and community collaborations will be accepted until September 6, 1999 (proposal submission form is available at or by calling 1-800-367-4725).

The Healthy People initiative for the first decade of the new century will address many challenges facing the country—a larger, more diverse and aging population, and a host of new health risks such as emerging infectious disease and global threats to health.

Healthy People defines the nation’s health agenda and guides policy. By identifying the most significant opportunities to improve the health of all Americans, it helps both public and private sectors focus action toward common health improvement goals, and enables diverse groups to combine their efforts. Healthy People 2010 will include scientifically supported objectives that will be monitored over the course of the decade, 2000–2010. Helping to guide the initiative is the Healthy People Consortium, an alliance of more than 375 national organizations (with 59 million members) and 270 state public health, mental health, substance abuse and environmental agencies. More information about the initiative can be found at

The Healthy People initiative provides a time capsule snapshot of the progress of the health of the Nation in the last part of the century. For example, comparisons of mortality rates in the Healthy People data released this past June to data from the inception of the initiative in 1979 show a 50 percent improvement in mortality for infants, 40 percent for children, and 26 percent for adolescents and young adults. Additional Healthy People data is available at

Partnerships for Networked Consumer Health Information, now in its sixth year, is a premier forum for examining the challenges and opportunities posed by the rapid growth of online and computer-based health information for consumers and patients. Partnerships promotes development of interactive telecommunication and computer technologies that help consumers take greater responsibility for their health. Partnerships will feature innovative, interactive health Web sites and non-networked applications at a Technology Games showcase at the conference. The Games are sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, who are offering prizes totaling $5,000 for the best applications related to preventive medicine, public health and clinical care.

Partnerships for Health in the New Millennium is managed by HHS’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. For more information call 1-800-367-4725, e-mail or go online to To subscribe to the conference listserv send an e-mail to LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV with the following text in the message body: SUBSCRIBE partnerships-00 YOUR NAME.

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Partnerships for Health in the New Millennium          January 24-28, 2000         Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Updated: 05/01/08