Healthy People: 30 for 2030
The Healthy People campaigns at large contains dozens of goals that span public health, including objectives targeted at individual health, substance use and abuse prevention, access to health care, environmental quality, and immunizations. Healthy People 2020 identified 17 vaccine preventable diseases which have been translated into measurable objectives aimed at improving vaccine coverage rates for both children and adults. Healthy People 30 for 2030 will address goals specific to immunizations.
Healthy People 30 for 2030 is an invitation-only group is designed to establish and foster public and private partnerships in the immunization ecosystem. We are focusing on preparedness regarding the progress made on the Healthy People 2020 Immunization goals and the pending finalization of the Healthy People 2030 goals.
The group of 30 will devote two days each meeting to developing strategies and creating test projects that could move the needle toward the Healthy People 2030 immunization goals. We believe we can develop projects that can be tested in various locations in the US, likely with pharmacy and local Public Health.
We believe in an immunization ecosystem which works towards a collective goal of closing immunization care gaps so that more people across the globe can live a life free of vaccine preventable diseases. We believe this is done best with collaboration with all stakeholders sharing a common goal around addressing the Healthy People Immunization Objectives.
This coalition will be the first of its kind, comprised of stakeholders from across the immunization ecosystem including researches, educators, vendors, pharmacies, vaccine manufacturers, and state immunization program representatives. This group will connect the ecosystem and make ground-breaking progress.
We also hope to create more value in the state Immunization Information Systems (IIS). This community needs the CDC to feel confident in the success of IISs in order to support continued investment in these systems.The IIS is more than just a registry – it is a powerful public health analytics tool of which its potential has only begun to be recognized.
Vaccines, particularly childhood immunizations, continue to be a cost-effective preventive service and provide a high return on investment. For each birth cohort vaccinated with routine immunizations, 33,000 lives are saved, 14 million cases of disease are prevented, spending is reduced by $9.9 billion, and another $33.4 billion in indirect costs are saved.
Still, about 42,000 adults and 300 children die from vaccine-preventable diseases each year in the United States (not including deaths from the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak and influenza deaths in general). Communities with areas of unvaccinated or undervaccinated populations are at increased risk for outbreaks. Improved surveillance is critical in reducing illness, hospitalization, and death from vaccine-preventable and other infectious diseases. Better surveillance will save lives by allowing maximum time for public health response, as well as rapid sharing of information and identification of patients in need of immediate treatment.
We believe the future of public health is analytics driven. By using the data that flows through STC Links and IIS Registries, we will measure the impact and evaluate the outcomes of each project. Then we will develop evidence-based recommendations for scaling across the US.
Our projects aspire to achieve the goal of empowering individuals to make informed health decisions, supported by accessible, effective vaccines and supporting technologies.