Healthy People 2020 is a program developed by the government that was launched November 2010. It was designed to improve peoples’ health nationwide, over the course of the next ten years. The three main goals of Healthy People 2020 are: for Americans to lead healthier lives, eliminate healthcare disparities, and to provide preventative health services to everybody. To successfully live healthier lives, individuals should be aware of personal existing diseases/illnesses, and treat health issues appropriately by medication, frequent lab work, and follow up appointments with doctors.
It is important that individuals with existing illnesses prevent further damage manage their current health status. The Healthy People 2020 website is informative and if utilized properly, an individual can research a number of different topics on how to improve/manage their health. The accessibility of healthcare services is an issue nationwide. Healthy People 2020 strives to see nationwide equality regardless of race; age, gender, existing illnesses, and socioeconomic status.
Preventative services have a strong priority for people that would like to improve their health. Prevention is the best way to avoid illness and diseases, but as stated on the website, “the absence of disease does not automatically equate to good health” ("Disparities," 2010, para. 6). Healthy People 2020 has provided information for individuals to help find ways to gain the greatest level of health for all people. Some topics that can be found are links on nutrition, daily activity, community resources, management of existing conditions, safe housing, and health insurance.
As a working nurse on an acute behavioral health unit, substance abuse is often an issue with my patients and their addiction interferes in all areas of their lives. These patients come for inpatient acute care for a medical detoxification of their chosen substance. One goal of Healthy People 2020, specified for an individual that suffers from substance abuse, is to “reduce substance abuse to protect the health, safety, and quality of life for all, especially children” ("Substance Abuse," 2010, figure 1). The department that I work for also treats patients that suffers from any behavioral health issues. In many cases, I find that my patients are often categorized with dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis refers to an individual that struggles with chemical dependency and a mental health disorder. In some cases, it is found that when a person that starts a chemical dependency is often self-medicating the signs and symptoms of depression. Another goal set by Healthy People 2020 that directly affects the patients of my area of care is to, “improve mental health through prevention and by ensuring access to appropriate, quality mental health services” ("Mental Health," 2010, figure 1). The patients that are admitted for inpatient services in my department are assessed in the emergency department and once medically cleared are then...