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Healthy People 2020

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law in  the spring of 2010 and was followed later in the year by the launch of a  10-year agenda for improving the Nation’s health: Healthy People 2020.  According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, a  department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the  initiative is intended, in part, to help identify national health  improvement priorities, strengthen policies and improve practices,  achieve health equity and improve the health of all groups  (https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/About-Healthy-People).

Information available at the following links will be used in the preparation of this assignment:

Select your state on the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps website:

  • Review the most recent state Summary Report (Downloads tab)
  • Review the Health Gaps Report for your state, paying close attention to the Highlighted Health Gaps section that are considered to be meaningful gaps that policymakers and leaders may want to examine more closely.

Prepare a report discussing the meaningful health gaps in your state  and how health policies supporting community and national health can  help close those gaps. Your report should also include a discussion of  differences in health outcomes and health factors between the county  ranked #1 in your state and the one ranked the lowest, suggesting county  health policies that could help improve the ranking of the latter.  Finally, your report should conclude with a summary of how public  policies support community and national health.
The body of the  report should be 3-4 pages, excluding the title page and references  page. The County Health Rankings and the Health Gaps Report must be  listed on the references page along with any other references you use in  preparing the report. Use the following format for these required  references:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & University of Wisconsin  Population Health Institute (insert copyright year). (insert state name)  Health Gaps Report. Retrieved (insert date) from http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & University of Wisconsin  Population Health Institute (insert copyright year). (insert state name)  Summary Report. Retrieved (insert date) from http://www.countyhealthrankings.org