In order to measure the effectiveness of the education, prevention and access programs across the United States, the US Department of Health and Human Services established the first set of national goals and objectives in 1980. 10-year targets are designed to guide national and state health programs to attain healthy lives that are free of preventable diseases and to reduce disparities for all people in the United States. Healthy People (HP) 2020 objectives are organized into priority areas and monitored through a set of indicators. HP 2020 reflects a collection of 1,200 objectives that are organized into 42 public health areas. There are 26 Leading Health Indicators organized into 12 topics, and oral health is included in the top 12 topics for the first time.1 In terms of oral health indicators, HP202 outlines 17 national objectives, and 33 sub objectives that can be used to monitor national oral health (OH) status.2
Nebraska Healthy People 2020: Oral Health
Based off the national HP2020 goals and objective, Nebraska created it's own statewide Healthy People 2020. Nebraska Healthy People 2020 selected 9 of the 17 national oral health objectives to be monitored within the state. The oral health objectives and NE HP 2020 support the goals of the Nebraska State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). The nine oral health objectives generally call for an overall increase access to oral health care, a reduction in untreated and treated dental decay among young children, an increase in number of dental sealants for young children, an increase in preventive care for low income children, a reduction tooth extraction among adults, and an increase in community water fluoridation. Nebraska HP202 target goals are set at 5-10% above the baseline figure.
1. Department of Health and Human Service. Healthy People 2020; November 2010. Available at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/HP2020_b...
2. Healthy People. Oral Health Objectives; 04/08/2015. Available at: https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/oral-health.