Healthy NC 2020

Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health

The Healthy North Carolina 2020 project was a collaborative effort of the NCIOM, Governor’s Task Force for Healthy Carolinians; the Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS); the Office of Healthy Carolinians and Health Education, NC DHHS; and the State Center for Health Statistics, NC DHHS. The goal of the Healthy North Carolina (HNC) 2020 project was to develop the state’s 2020 health objectives. This work began in late 2009 and culminated with the release of the 2020 objectives in January 2011.

The publication released in January, Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health, highlights the 40 objectives, briefly describes the rationale for their selection, and includes key health disparities, as well as strategies to address the objectives.

Final Report | Errata Issued 3-2011

Healthy North Carolina 2020 Technical Report

The purpose of the companion publication, entitled Healthy North Carolina 2020 Technical Report, is to provide additional background information for each of the 13 focus areas and more information about why each of the 40 objectives was selected and how targets were set.  To provide an online source for additional information, the evidence-based strategy tables from the report released in January have also been included in the technical report.

Full Technical Report

Selection of Focus Areas

The NCIOM Prevention Task Force identified the preventable underlying risk factors for the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the state. These identified risk factors helped to shape the focus areas for the Healthy NC 2020 project. The 13 focus areas for the Healthy NC 2020 project included tobacco use, nutrition and physical activity, risky sexual behavior, substance abuse, environmental risks, injury, infectious disease/foodborne illness, mental health, dental health, maternal and infant health, social determinants of health, chronic disease, and a cross-cutting focus area.

Development of Objectives and Targets
Subcommittees of expert state and local level stakeholders developed the health objectives and targets in 2010 using a science-based process.

Current Project Timeline
January-July 2010: Subcommittee meetings, draft of objectives and targets completed
August-September: Finalization of objectives and targets
October: Community meetings
October-December: Preparation of final documents including technical report
January 2011: Release of Healthy NC 2020 objectives and targets

The Healthy NC 2020 Campaign was a collaborative effort of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM), North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH), Governor's Task Force for Healthy Carolinians, Office of Healthy Carolinians, and State Center for Health Statistics.

The Healthy NC 2020 project was generously supported by The Duke Endowment, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund.

Focus Area Meetings

Tobacco Use
12/9/09 Meeting Summary
03/12/10 Meeting Summary

Physical Activity and Nutrition
12/18/09 Meeting Summary
03/05/10 Meeting Summary

02/05/10 Meeting Summary
03/05/10 Meeting Summary

Maternal and Infant Health
02/24/10 Meeting Summary
04/09/10 Meeting Summary

Sexually Transmitted Diseases & Unintended Pregnancy
02/22/10 Meeting Summary
04/07/10 Meeting Summary

Substance Abuse
03/22/10 Meeting Summary
04/19/10 Meeting Summary

Mental Health
03/25/10 Meeting Summary
04/16/10 Meeting Summary

Oral Health
04/07/10 Meeting Summary
04/30/10 Meeting Summary

Environmental Risks
03/24/10 Meeting Summary
04/14/10 Meeting Summary
05/27/10 Meeting Summary

Infectious Disease & Foodborne Illness
04/16/10 Meeting Summary
05/14/10 Meeting Summary

Social Determinants of Health
04/15/10 Meeting Summary
05/13/10 Meeting Summary