The National Center for Health Statistics just released the seventh and final review of the Healthy People 2000 objectives. Healthy People 2000 is "the national health promotion agenda that guided Americans toward living longer and healthier lives" from 1990 until now (see the September 18, 1998 Scout Report
for a discussion of Healthy People 2010). The final review reports on progress made on the agenda's 319 objectives. Sixty percent of the objectives were met, including reducing deaths from coronary heart disease and cancer, and meeting targets for AIDS incidence, syphilis, mammograms, and violent deaths. Among the goals that remain unmet are reducing the number of people younger than 65 without health insurance and increasing the numbers of states that meet prison suicide prevention standards. The 382-page report is filled with explanatory text, tables, and figures and should be of interest to anyone involved in public health issues.