Action Model to Achieve Healthy People 2020 Goals

Model for Improvement

The Action Model to Acheive Healthy People 2020 Goal shows a feedback loop of intervention, assessment and dissemination that would enable achievement of Healthy People 2020 overarching goals. It is adapted from an Institute of Medicine (IOM) model that illustrates the determinants and ecological nature of health across the life course.1 Interventions, such as policies, programs and information, affect the determinants of health at multiple levels (e.g., individual; social, family and community; living and working conditions; and broad social, economic, cultural, health and environmental conditions) to improve outcomes. Results of such interventions are demonstrated through assessment, monitoring and evaluation. Through dissemination of evidence-based and best practices, these findings feed back to intervention planning to enable the identification of effective prevention strategies in the future.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Phase I Report - Recommendations for the Framework and Format of Healthy People 2020. Available at: Accessed October 14, 2011.

1 Institute of Medicine. The Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. 2002.