Healthy People 2020 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched Healthy People 2020 in December 2010, announcing the new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. Healthy People is designed to improve the quality of the nation’s health and provide a framework for public health prevention priorities and ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2011
Healthy People 2020
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  • Roberta B. Aungst
    Cape May, NJ
    Audiology Consultant
  • Roberta B. Aungst has been a clinical service provider for more than 50 years and is currently an audiology consultant to otolaryngology physicians in Atlantic County, NJ. She previously served as director of an otolaryngology office audiology department. She also has served as a consultant to primary care physicians, community hearing health programs, and to the Mother Katherine Drexel Vatican tribunal. She is a member of the Standards Committee of the International Commission on Health Professionals. Roberta is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Association, has received the Honors of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a recipient of an alumni achievement award from Emerson College. Aungst currently serves as the coordinator for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Special Interest Group 8, Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance.
    Roberta B. Aungst has been a clinical service provider for more than 50 years and is currently an audiology consultant to otolaryngology physicians in Atlantic County, NJ. She previously served as director of an otolaryngology office audiology department. She also has served as a consultant to primary care physicians, community hearing health programs, and to the Mother Katherine Drexel Vatican tribunal. She is a member of the Standards Committee of the International Commission on Health Professionals. Roberta is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Association, has received the Honors of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a recipient of an alumni achievement award from Emerson College. Aungst currently serves as the coordinator for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Special Interest Group 8, Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance.×
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Article   |   November 01, 2011
Healthy People 2020
Perspectives on Audiology, November 2011, Vol. 7, 29-33. doi:10.1044/poa7.1.29
Perspectives on Audiology, November 2011, Vol. 7, 29-33. doi:10.1044/poa7.1.29

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched Healthy People 2020 in December 2010, announcing the new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. Healthy People is designed to improve the quality of the nation’s health and provide a framework for public health prevention priorities and actions. A newly redesigned website (http://www.healthypeople.gov) allows users to tailor information to individual or community needs and to explore evidence-based resources. A major principle states that national objectives and monitoring progress are critical factors in motivating action. An extensive feedback process was initiated by the Department of Health and Human Services to develop comprehensive objectives; previous topic areas were carried forward, and new areas were identified. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park stated, “This milestone in disease prevention and health promotion creates an opportunity to leverage information technology to make Healthy People come alive for all Americans in their communities and workplaces” (U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011). Healthy People 2020 includes initiatives to hearing and communication disorders which are considered important to the overall well being of the population.

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