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Announcement of Seventh and Eighth Meetings of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020

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AGENCY:

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

ACTION:

Notice of meeting.

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. The Committee is governed by the provision of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.

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SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the seventh and eighth meetings of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 (Committee). These meetings will be open to the public. The Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 will address issues regarding the development and implementation of the nation's health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2020 and activities to improve the health status of and reduce health risks for Americans by the year 2020. The Committee will provide to the Secretary of Health and Human Services advice and consultation for developing and implementing the next iteration of national health promotion and disease prevention goals and objectives and provide recommendations for initiatives to occur during the initial implementation phase of the goals and objectives. HHS will use the recommendations to inform the development of the national health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2020 and the process for implementing the objectives. The intent is to develop and launch objectives designed to improve the health status and reduce health risks for Americans by the year 2020.

DATES:

The Committee will meet online on December 17, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (E.S.T.). The Committee will meet in person for two days: January 7, 2009, from 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) to 5:30 p.m. EST, and January 8, 2009, from 9 a.m. EST until 1:30 p.m. EST.

ADDRESSES:

The Committee's December 17, 2008 meeting will be held online via WebEx software. For detailed instructions about how to make sure that your windows computer and browser is set up for WebEx, please visit the “Secretary's Advisory Committee” page of the Healthy People Web site at: http://www.healthypeople.gov/​hp2020/​advisory/​default.asp. The Committee's January 7 and 8, 2009 meeting will be held in-person at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, located at 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 800, Washington, DC 20201.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Emmeline Ochiai, Designated Federal Officer, Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Room LL-100, Rockville, MD 20852, (240) 453-8259 (telephone), (240) 453-8281 (fax). Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.healthypeople.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Purpose of Meeting: Every 10 years, through the Healthy People initiative, HHS leverages scientific insights and lessons from the past decade, along with the new knowledge of current data, trends, and innovations to develop the next iteration of national health promotion and disease prevention objectives. Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease. Since 1979, Healthy People has set and monitored national health objectives to meet a broad range of health needs, encourage collaborations across sectors, guide Start Printed Page 72484individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of our prevention and health promotion activities. Healthy People 2020 will reflect assessments of major risks to health and wellness, changing public health priorities, and emerging issues related to our nation's health preparedness and prevention.

Public Participation at Meeting: Members of the public are invited to listen to the online December 17, 2008 Committee meeting and the in-person January 7 and 8, 2009 Committee meeting. There will be no opportunity for oral public comments during the Committee's meeting. Written comments, however, are welcome throughout the development process of the national health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2020. They can be submitted through the Healthy People Web site at: http://www.healthypeople.gov/​hp2020/​comments/​ or they can be e-mailed to HP2020@hhs.gov. Please note that the public comment Web site will be updated throughout the Healthy People development process, so people should return to the Web site frequently and provide their input.

To attend the Committee's meetings, individuals must pre-register for each meeting at the Healthy People Web site located at http://www.healthypeople.gov. Participation in the meetings is limited to space available. Registrations for the December 17, 2008 meeting will be accepted until maximum WebEx capacity is reached and must be completed by 9 a.m. EST on December 17, 2008. A waiting list will be maintained should registrations exceed WebEx capacity. Individuals on the waiting list will be contacted as additional space for the meeting becomes available. Registrations for the January 7 and 8, 2009 meeting must be completed by 5 p.m. EST on January 2, 2009. Space for the meeting is limited. Registrations will be accepted until maximum room capacity is reached. A waiting list will be maintained should registrations exceed room capacity. Individuals on the waiting list will be contacted as additional space for the meeting becomes available. On January 7 and 8, 2009, confirmed registrants for the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 meeting must present valid photo identification (i.e., driver's license) and should arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to pass through security.

Registration questions may be directed to Hilary Scherer at HP2020@norc.org (e-mail), (301) 634-9374 (phone), or (301) 634-9301 (fax).

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Dated: November 21, 2008.

Penelope Slade-Sawyer,

RADM, USPHS, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Disease Prevention and Health Promotion).

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[FR Doc. E8-28203 Filed 11-26-08; 8:45 am]

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