Public Health Program Planning & Leading Health Indicator Discussion Paper

Review the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators.

Select one leading health indicator and research a state-level health prevention program aimed at achieving it.

***State is North Dakota***

Locate your state’s vital statistics and/or census data to compare the outcomes of the selected leading health indicator.

Evaluate the state-level program’s effectiveness in meeting the Healthy People 2020 goals based on your statistical and census data findings.

Determine if there is evidence in your community of alignment to the Healthy People 2020 goals through local programs and funding.

Explain the evidence by providing links, a description, and summary of the program(s).

Format your assignment as: 900-word paper
Cite at least 3 current (Within 3 years), scholarly references.


Develop a graphical representation showing the indicators of morbidity and mortality for the leading health indicator you selected for this week’s Public Health Program Planning assignment.

List a minimum of five indicators and provide a rationale for each.

Cite any gaps in programs to address the indicators.

Format your assignment as a: Chart

Explanation: This means that if you were to chose the health indicator of tobacco use for the state level prevention assignment, the related health indicators to tobacco use can be used in the graph in the Practice Learning assignment, (i.e. heart disease, lung cancer, etc.). In this way, there needs to be a brief rationale for the association (i.e. tobacco use increases the risk of heart disease). The gaps in the programming relates to, for example, are there enough smoking bans, smoking cessation programs, etc. in the state.

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