public actions of this council was to conduct focus groups with Healthy People Consortium members, including both public and private agencies and organizations. In addition, a meeting of the Healthy People Consortium was convened on November 15, 1996, which resulted in the publication Building the Prevention Agenda for 2010: Lessons Learned (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996). Activities heightened in 1997, with the Secretary's first briefing on objectives for 2010 occurring on January 22, 1997 followed by a meeting with the Secretary's council on April 21, 1997, to discuss in greater detail the objectives for 2010. In July 1997 a focus group report on the utility of Healthy People 2000 was published (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1997a). Shortly thereafter, in September 1997, a notice was published in the Federal Register to call for comments on the framework for the objectives for 2010 and the proposal of objectives (Federal Register, 1997). This resulted in the receipt of almost 700 comments from private consumers of health services, Healthy People Consortium members, members of the U.S. Congress, agencies of state and local governments, health care agencies, and other diverse organizations. The Healthy People Consortium met again on November 7, 1997, in Indianapolis, Indiana to discuss in detail the specific issue of reducing health disparities and how far the nation has come in doing so.
Work groups in each of the 22 priority areas discussed relevant objectives, and the issues and the content of these discussions were included in the record of public comments. Activities continued through 1997 and 1998, including meetings of work groups consisting of members from lead and collaborative organizations to determine the specific objectives that should be included, new objectives that should be developed, objectives that were no longer considered relevant and that should be deleted. It was anticipated that the first draft of objectives would be available for internal review by March 1998, presented to the Secretary's council meeting in April 1998, and published as the first draft of content for Healthy People 2010 in the Federal Register by October 1998 to elicit a second round of public comments. In addition, ODPHP plans to conduct regional meetings and small group discussion sessions with interested and target populations during the period from October through December 1998.
Simultaneously, a meeting of the Healthy People 2010 Consortium will occur in November 1998 to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C. Finally, by December 1998 three meetings of the IOM Committee on Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2010 will have occurred and reports for phases one and two of the IOM project will have been generated.
Activities that will support the development of Healthy People 2010 expected to continue through 1999, including another meeting of the Secretary's council in April 1999 and a meeting of the Healthy People 2010 Consortium in June 1999. Finalization of the specific objectives and development of companion documents are projected to occur through the remainder of 1999, with the release of Healthy People 2010 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in January 2000.