Healthy People 2020 — with its 42 topic areas and over 500 objectives — is the framework that sets the nation’s health prevention and promotion goals for the next decade. The Healthy People 2020 federal initiative encourages communities to measure progress toward optimizing health, longevity and quality of life across all stages of life. 

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Action W-6 — Educate health care professionals about the importance of treating co-morbidities, addressing injury risks, and attending to behavioral health needs among people at all stages of dementia.

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A new topic area — Dementias, including Alzheimer’s — is included in the Healthy People 2020 framework. It contains specific objectives designed to increase diagnosis and diagnosis disclosure of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, as well as reduce preventable hospitalizations among people living with severe cognitive impairment.

As a blueprint for the public health community, Healthy People 2020 serves as a guiding set of measurable objectives that can inform budgetary and programmatic decisions throughout public health agencies. Inclusion of Alzheimer's disease in Healthy People 2020 underscores the growing recognition of Alzheimer's as a public health crisis. It also reinforces the need for state and local public health officials to address this crisis now.

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Communities are taking public health action against Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Find out how the disease impacts your state and what you can do to make Alzheimer's the next public health success story.

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CA City of San Francisco Utilizing recommendations of the San Francisco city plan, Strategy for Excellence in Dementia Care, to reduce hospital readmission rates among individuals with dementia.