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Support for this study was provided by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (contract no. 282-98-0018). The views presented are those of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2010 and are not necessarily those of the funding organization.
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Healthy People has been a product of the efforts of many agencies and individuals during the course of the past two decades. The committee expresses its appreciation to the presenters at the June 1998 public session for providing an excellent overview of the leading health indicators as they relate to Healthy People 2010. The presenters addressed many of the issues under consideration by the committee, and the committee appreciates the participants' insights. The presenters were: Edward Sondik, National Center for Health Statistics; Mike Stoto, Department of Epidemiology, George Washington University; Ronald Bialek, Public Health Foundation; Thomas Milne, National Association of City and County Health Officials; Laverne Snow; Association for State and Territorial Health Officers; and Olivia Carter-Pokras, Office of Minority Health. The committee also thanks Michael McGinnis for providing the committee with his summary of leading health indicators for Healthy People 2010.
This report has been reviewed by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the authors and the Institute of Medicine in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The content of the review comments and draft manuscripts remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. The committee thanks the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report: Ross Brownson, St. Louis University; Ezra Davidson, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; Paul Frame, Tri-County Family Medicine; Randolph Gordon, Bon Secours Richmond Health Systems; Maureen Henderson, University of Washington; LaDene Larsen, Utah Public Health Association; Anthony Robbins, Tufts University; Susan Scrimshaw, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Hugh Tilson, Glaxo Wellcome Company.
Although the individuals listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, responsibility for the final content of this report rests solely with the authoring committee and the Institute of Medicine.
Committee on Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2010
Roger Bulger, MD (Chair),
Association of Academic Health Centers, Washington, DC
Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH,
Department of Human Services, Public Health Services, Arlington, VA
Neal Halfon, MD, MPH,
School of Medicine, and School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
Barbara S. Hulka, MD, MPH,
Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Thomas J. Kean, MPH,
Strategic Health Concepts, Inc., Englewood, CO
Scott C. Ratzan, MD, MPA, MA,
Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC
Stephen C. Schoenbaum, MD, MPH,
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, Providence, RI
Mark Smith, MD, MBA,
California Health Care Foundation, Oakland
Shoshanna Sofaer, DrPH,
Baruch College, New York, NY
Robert B. Wallace, MD,
Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City
Carole A. Chrvala, Study Director
Kelly Norsingle, Project Assistant
Kathleen R. Stratton, Director,
Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Donna D. Duncan, Division Assistant