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The DAA and its members plan and conduct a variety of activities that are designed to raise awareness among policymakers and legislators to advance the DAA's policy priorities. What follows are examples of activities since inception of the DAA in 2010.

Support for Healthy People 2020

I Believe in a Healthier Nation for All Americans - Healthy People 2020On December 2, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. For the past 30 years, Healthy People has been committed to improving the quality of our nation’s health by producing a framework for public health prevention priorities and actions.

The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance (DAA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), have entered into a strategic partnership to promote diabetes prevention and treatment goals that are part of Healthy People 2020 (HP 2020).

History of DAA Involvement with Healthy People

The members of the DAA have long supported the Healthy People initiative. When the HP 2020 diabetes objectives were under development, the DAA submitted comments highlighting the importance of screening for diabetes in individuals who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

After the announcement of the final set of objectives for Healthy People 2020, the DAA joined the Healthy People Consortium. The Consortium is a diverse, motivated group of agencies and organizations nationwide that are committed to achieving Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives. Consortium members range from colleges and universities to private businesses and religious organizations. Any agency or organization that supports Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives is welcome to join. For more information and to find out how you can join, please visit www.healthypeople/2020/consortium.

In April 2012, the DAA participated in Healthy People’s 2012 National Health Promotion Summit in Washington, DC. The DAA presented information about diabetes and the work of the DAA that supports the achievement of Healthy People 2020 objectives for diabetes.

On November 19, 2012, the DAA announced a new partnership with Healthy People 2020, to help advance diabetes objectives related to prevention and treatment. DAA members will work together and with ODPHP to:

  • Coordinate public awareness campaigns and activities that promote diabetes prevention or prevention of complications from diabetes;
  • Facilitate data collection to monitor progress toward achievement of Healthy People 2020 diabetes objectives; and
  • Support cross-sector collaboration to affect policy and system changes.

As part of this partnership, Healthy People 2020 and the DAA collaborated to prepare and present a webinar on November 13, 2013. This webinar explored what is being done to prevent type 2 diabetes, including how clinical care and public health communities can work together and how communities are implementing evidence-based interventions to address diabetes prevention.

This Webinar featured:

  • Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Don Wright, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Carter Blakey, Deputy Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Judith Fradkin, M.D., Director of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
  • John Anderson, M.D., President, Medicine and Science, American Diabetes Association
  • Heather Hodge, M.Ed., Director, Chronic Disease Prevention Program, YMCA of the USA

For those interested in more information, Healthy People 2020 webinars are archived on the Healthy People Web site.

More about Healthy People

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For three decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to:

  • Encourage collaborations across communities and sectors;

  • Empower individuals toward making informed health decisions; and

  • Measure the impact of prevention activities.

The Healthy People initiative is grounded in the principle that setting national objectives and monitoring progress can motivate action, and indeed, in just the last decade, preliminary analyses indicate that the country has either progressed toward or met 71 percent of its Healthy People targets.

Healthy People 2020 is the product of an extensive stakeholder feedback process. It integrates input from public health and prevention experts, a wide range of federal, state and local government officials, a consortium of more than 2,000 organizations, and perhaps most important, the public. More than 8,000 comments were considered in drafting a comprehensive set of Healthy People 2020 objectives, including comments from the DAA regarding the importance of screening for diabetes in individuals who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

To learn more about Healthy People, visit www.healthypeople.gov.

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