Healthy People 2020 Launch Report on Webinar

by Emilia Dunham

reporting on the Healthy People 2020 Launch webinar, hosted in DC on December 2nd, 2020.

With over 5,000 people registered to view this webinar, this event marks the release of the Nation’s health promotion and disease prevention objectives for the decade. Despite some technical difficulties @lgbttobacco, @scoutout and HP 2020’s own twitter feed @gohealthypeople have updates on the presentation.

HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard Koh introduced the presentation with some opening words on their 30 year commitment to a healthy future. Dr. Jonathan Fielding provided an overview of HP 2020’s framework and process, including short- and long-term implementation efforts in “Recommendations for Implementing Healthy People 2020.”

Fortunately, we have Scout on the ground reporting who participated in the launch event as well as asking questions. He asked the important question of whether organizations serving LGBTs will be added to federal Requests for Funding Announcements (RFAs) such as the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grants. HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard Koh responded by saying they are looking at data collection options to expand into LGBT, low Socio-Economic Status (SES) and geography. Dr. Koh also mentioned the cross-HHS LGBT Task Force they convened (there are some folks on here who can help make some real changes.) He also talked about how they were trying to formally expand the definition of disparity populations to include LGBT, people of low socioeconomic status, and people with disabilities. They discussed the cycle of social determinants as pictured in the diagram here in how it affects so many areas that LGBT people are so acquainted with.

At the end, as means to symbolically and literally build community, attendees were asked to meet one another. As a particular impressive moment, the Surgeon General Benjamin personally thanked the Network for its advocacy on behalf of the LGBT communities. The picture at the bottom shows Scout with another one of our supporters, Director of the shop responsible for Healthy People 2020, HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Rear Admiral Penny Slade-Sawyer.

Can you see how LGBT is on the cover?

To keep up on announcements, changes and other news about HP 2020, they have a linkedin profile.

They can be followed on twitter, which also has updates on the event from earlier today (many have been retweeted at @lgbttobacco)

Of course, their website has boatloads of information on it.

We have the documents online:

Healthy People 2020 Bisexual People’s Heatlh Fact Sheet

Healthy People 2020 Gay Men’s Health Fact Sheet

Healthy People 2020 Transgender People Health Fact Sheet

Healthy People 2020 Lesbian People’s Fact Sheet

Healthy People 2020 Healthy Companion Document

Have questions? Email or ask us at

Scout and Rear Admiral Penny Slade-Sawyer

Published by Emilia Dunham, MPP, MBA

Emilia Dunham is currently a Project Manager at MassHealth/Department of Public Health, and formerly the Project Manager of the Life Skills project at The Fenway Institute, an HIV intervention study for young transgender women. Emilia worked at Fenway for 7 years, first as a Quality Control and Regulatory Assistant mainly involved with biomedical HIV prevention trials, before serving as the Program Associate for The Network for LGBT Health Equity, a network instrumental in many national LGBT health policy improvements. She is also involved with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, serving as a Steering Committee member and the Policy Committee Co-Chair, an organization largely responsible for the recent passage of the Trans Rights Bill. Additionally she serves as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, Co-Chair of the Recommendations Committee. Emilia received a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. There she served as President of the LGBTQ student group where she planned programs such as Pride Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and AIDS Week. In addition, she advocated for LGBTQ inclusive policies and programming on campus such as a Gender Neutral Housing program, an LGBTQ Center and the expansion of Women’s Studies to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Emilia recently earned a Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration in health policy and management from the Brandeis Heller School School for Social Policy and Management.

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