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More than 2,000 Salud America! network members emailed public comments urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to address childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences in proposed objectives for Healthy People 2030.
Healthy People represents critical public health priorities by focusing on the leading causes of death and disease and driving action at the national, state, and local levels.
Since its launch in 1979, the initiative has grown from 15 topics and 226 objectives in 1990 to 42 topics and more than 1,200 objectives in 2020.
However, no objectives tackle the rising health issue of childhood trauma.
So, with help from Dr. Colleen Bridger of San Antonio Metro Health District and Dr. Joe Hendershott of Hope for the Wounded Student, we created three opportunities to provide public comment to address childhood trauma in Healthy People 2030.
Read more about the need for action on this issue in a guest blog post with Big Cities Health Coalition.
The comment period was open from December 2018 to January 2019.
Although HHS has not released the input they received, we know that at least 2,214 Salud America! network members sent an email.
We will track progress and await the final Healthy People 2030 objectives, which will be released after the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 reviews all the comments and proposed objectives received.
Watch out for updates!