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Objective specifications - by focus area
Objective specification files are available for each Healthy People 2010
focus area and the "Leading Health Indicators" (29 total). Once you
have selected "Leading Health Indicators" or a focus area, click the
"SUBMIT" button to view the operational definition file for that focus
Objective specifications are provided to assist in the interpretation
of the data presented for each Healthy People 2010 objective and to facilitate
comparable measurement of these objectives by researchers from national,
State, and local government agencies as well as those from private organizations.
Each operational definition includes the following elements, which relate
to the baseline data for each Healthy People 2010 objective and subobjective
Full text of the
2000 objective (see below)
Indicator (if applicable,
Type of measure
(percent, rate, number, etc.)
used to obtain the data
periodicity (of the statistical
The specifications are as complete as possible and are updated
on a quarterly basis. For all objectives with measurable Healthy
People 2010 baseline data, the operational definition is either complete,
partially complete, or not known. If the operational definition is
complete all elements are filled out appropriately. If the
operational definition is either partially complete or not known, all
available information is shown in the "Comments" area.
In each operational definition there is a description of the comparability
of the objective to the Healthy People 2000 objectives. Each Healthy
People 2010 objective measure is identified as either (a) identical to a
Healthy People 2000 objective, identified with the Healthy People 2000
objective number; (b) adapted from a Healthy People 2000 objective, with
changes in the type of measure, definition, or data source, identified with
"adapted from Healthy People 2000 objective ___"; or (c) as having no
counterpart in Healthy People 2000, identified with "Not applicable."
If the objective was adapted from a Healthy People 2000 objective, the
differences between the objectives are described in the Comments section
of the operational definition. If the comparable Healthy People
2000 objective was duplicated in more than one priority area, the primary
objective number is shown, with the duplicate objective numbers shown in
parentheses. Several reports have been published showing the
specifications for the objectives in selected Healthy People
2000 priority areas. Complete crosswalks between the Healthy People
2000 objectives and the Healthy People 2010 objectives are shown in
Appendices F and G of
Tracking Healthy People 2010.
Objective measures that have been designated as Leading Health Indicator
measures will include an entry called "Leading Health Indicator" that will
show the name of the Leading Health Indicator category (for example,
Access to Care, Injury and Violence, Mental Health).
Unless otherwise noted, data for the numerator and denominator of the
objective measures exclude unknown and refused responses. Where
applicable, the questions used to obtain the national baseline data are
shown in the operational definition. Items shown with the symbol
">" are actual questions from the original survey instrument.
Interviewer instructions and other notes from the survey instrument are
shown in parentheses "()". Notes to guide the user that were not
part of the original survey instrument are shown in brackets "".